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January 16, 1863: I Do Not Feel Like Marching

Diary Entry:
Last night we had a heavy rain, and to day a high wind, orders were issued for us to be ready to march tomorrow morning at sunrise. I do not feel like marching for my feet are very sore from some cause unknown to me, they are swelled and very painful.

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Following the Army of the Potomac’s defeat in the Battle of Fredericksburg, General Burnside began making plans to launch a second offensive against General Lee near Fredericksburg to┬ásave face. Bad weather and political disagreements delayed the attack until January 20, however.