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The pontoniers at Fredericksburg. by Wesley Brainerd, Major 50TH, and Colonel 15TH New York Engineers. From certain remarks made by various writers [see pp. 107 and 126] on the battle of Fredericksburg, it might be inferred that there was some foundation for the general impression that had the pontoons arrived in time, the cr
The fact is that the engineers (15th and 50th New York), with two full trains and material for two pontoon-bridges, each 420 feet in length, arrived opposite Fredericksburg and bivouacked in rear of the Lacy house on the afternoon of November 27th, and could have thrown two bridges across the stream without opposition that night rrived at the Lacy house but six days behind Longstreet's advance, which had made a forced march from the vicinity of Culpeper to reach the heights in rear of Fredericksburg.
These being the facts, it can hardly be said, with justice, that the engineers were slow in their movements.
The idea of crossing immediately in front of