and with the result known, none could possibly be more magnificent or more nearly impregnable.
With fifty thousand men they should easily hold it with three times that number of assailants.
And, indeed, they appear never to have employed more than about than about that number.
Every time we poured forward fresh men they had ready reinforcements to match.
From prisoners taken I learn that on the right, commanded by Jackson, half of the force only (and chiefly the division of A P Hill and Farly's brigade) was engaged.
I take it that they had along the line of the Rappahannock about one hundred thousand men, and that 50,000, more or less, were actually engaged in the contest.
The Confederate loaders have acted with their usual wiliness in this whole matter.
They did well to let us easily into Fredericksburg, firing but a half dozen guns., when they could have brought a hundred to bear upon us. The city itself was the veriest trap that ever was laid — and we have walked into it