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Chapter 15: Bombardment of Fredericksburg. events preceding the battle of Fredericksbu
the stream, again trend towards it near Hamilton's Crossing, at which point the interval between th cut nearly in half by the railway from Hamilton's Crossing to Fredericksburg, the high embankment Fredericksburg, the high embankment of which was used by a portion of Jackson's troops as a breast-work.
Nearly parallel with the railw swampy ditch, which about two miles above Fredericksburg makes up from the Rappahannock; then came Pelham, occupied the road leading from Hamilton's Crossing to Port Royal, our right extending to M assembled here, looking anxiously towards Fredericksburg, as yet concealed from their sight by a de d resistance.
Accordingly, about 2 P. M., Fredericksburg was altogether abandoned by our men, after es of ordnance.
On the road between Hamilton's Crossing and Fredericksburg, thousands of YankeeFredericksburg, thousands of Yankees were working like beavers in digging rifle-pits, and erecting works for their artillery.
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Chapter 15: Bombardment of Fredericksburg. events preceding the battle of Fredericksburg. 11th December. I had enjoyed but a few minutes or repose, enveloped in my warm blankets, when I was waked from sleep by a dull heavy noise, which, in the earliest moments of consciousness, I believed to have been produced by the thawing and sliding down of the snow that had accumulated on the top of my tent. I was quickly undeceived, however, by my negro servant Henry, who, appearing at my tent door, informed me in a single abrupt sentence of the true condition of affairs. Major, said Henry, de Yankees is shelling Fredericksburg. I done saddled your horse, and de General is ready for to start. This intelligence brought me in an instant to my feet. Inserting my legs into my huge cavalry-boots, I soon emerged from the tent, and in a few minutes I galloped off with the General and the other members of the Staff in full haste for the front. For the reader's better compreh