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Doc. 110.-the army of the Potomac. General Burnside's Second attempt to cross the Rappahannock. headquarters army of the Potomac, camp near Falmouth, January 23, 1863. the second attempt on the part of the army of the Potomac to obtain possession of the southern bank of the Rappahannock as a base of operations agains
nd has been foiled.
If the weather had continued favorable, we should have succeeded last Wednesday morning in successfully laying the pontoons some miles above Falmouth.
We should have thrown a hundred thousand men over to the other side of the river.
We should have surprised the enemy, for our preliminary feints and operation s snatched out of our fingers by some elfish fate.
It is now no secret that the point selected for crossing the Rappahannock was Banks's Ford, six miles above Falmouth, and from eight to ten miles removed from the ground occupied by the army.
This point of passage was selected at the very last moment, and after every other ava
Doc. 110.-the army of the Potomac. General Burnside's Second attempt to cross the Rappahannock. headquarters army of the Potomac, camp near Falmouth, Janua
lan was changed.
Instead of attempting the crossing at United States Ford, Gen. Burnside resolved to make it at Banks's Ford--four miles below — and the movement wa of communication.
On Tuesday every preparation had been made.
That day Gen. Burnside issued a general order, announcing that the army of the Potomac was about t following morning a whisky ration, provided by the judicious forethought of Gen. Burnside, was on hand for them.
Thursday morning saw the light struggling through ers were brought up on mules or carried on men's shoulders.
An order from General Burnside to withdraw the forces to their old position was momentarily expected.
It did not come, but instead, another order stating that Gen. Burnside had good reasons for commanding the troops to hold their present position till to-day.