—An editorial in the Richmond Daily Dispatch addresses the lamentable state of supply for Lee’s army, especially in regard to shoes:
—Young Capt. William Thompson Lusk, of the 57th New York Infantry, reveals to his mother in a letter home his apprehensions of a battle:
—Lieut. Josiah Marshall Favill, a young Englishman volunteer in the Union army, and serving with the 57th New York Infantry with the Army of the Potomac, writes in his journal of the army’s preparations for an attack on Fredericksburg:
—By a vote of 96 to 55, the U.S. House of Representatives votes to create a new state of West Virginia. A previous measure had been defeated in the Senate.
—As dusk decsends on Fredericksburg, Virginia, Union army engineer battalionss move down off the heights of Falmouth and begin building the pontoon bridges the Army of the Potomac will need to cross the Rappahannock River.