rn [to the Stafford heights] during the night, but could not believe that they would relinquish their hopes after all their boasting and preparation; and when I say that the latter is equal to the former, you will have some idea of the magnitude.
This morning they were all safe on the north side of the Rappahannock.
They went as they came—in the night.
They suffered heavily as far as their battle went, but it did not go far enough to satisfy me.
In a letter to his wife, written on Christmas day, after the battle, he said, after recounting the mercies of God's providence to his people during the past year:
Our army was never in such good health and condition since I have been attached to it. I believe they share with me my disappointment that the enemy did not renew the combat on the 13th.
I was holding back all that day and husbanding our strength and ammunition for the great struggle for which I thought I was preparing.
Had I divined what was to have been his only effor