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Burnside’s Bridge

Burnside's BridgeWhat’s the situation on the right, General?”
“Sir, the Yankees are preparing for an assault. They seem to be bringing across a full division, but every man, gun and wagon is using the bridge. There are three fords available to them now, but they seem intent on staying dry. At the rate they are funneling their men and equipment across that skinny little bridge well, sir, it could take two hours to get ’em across the way they're coming. And it doesn't appear that one man is going to come forward till all are across. I could be wrong, sir, but that is how it seems.”
Lee shook his head in amazement. “One brave man, Pete, is all they need today, on any part of the field.”
“I pray they don't find him, sir.”
“They won't. My greatest fear now is that the soldiers will begin leading the generals. Only then will we be beaten.”

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