Well, we got the entrenchments finished about nine days into December. The whole army was getting ready for the Yanks to come over the Rappahannock and attack. Our artillery boys had gotten all the wood that was around the area to construct barricades to keep the fire from the Yankee artillery from damaging their cannon.

Jackson’s boys were to our right and forward of our position and using the railroad track and embankment for their protection.

The Yanks kept bringing in artillery on the really tall bluff on the other side of the Rappahannock. They must have over 100 cannon over there. Every so often they will fire some shots at our lines, but haven’t done too much damage as yet.

I am not looking forward to this fight. But at least we have some protection from the attack and we can sit and wait on them for a change.

About Civil War Reflections

Vernon has been a Civil War buff since childhood, but had been inactive in Civil War history for over two decades. However, in the early 1990s his interest was rekindled after watching Ken Burns’ “Civil War Documentary” on PBS. He particularly became interested in the Battle of Antietam (Sharpsburg) and decided to learn more about this epic struggle.
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