—George Templeton Strong of New York City writes in his journal:
—Mrs. Judith White McGuire, in Richmond, records in her journal:
—The U.S. Secretary of the Navy, Gideon Welles, writes in his journal about the Battle of Fredericksburg, which he correctly surmises to be a defeat for the North:
Burnside is on trial. I have my fears that he has not sufficient grasp and power for the position given him, or the ability to handle so large a force; but he is patriotic, and his aims are right. It appears to me a mistake to fight the enemy in so strong a position. They have selected their own ground, and we meet them there. Halleck is General-in-Chief, but no one appears to have any confidence in his military management, or thinks him able to advise Burnside.
—In New Orleans, Maj. Gen. Nathaniel Banks and his new expeditionary force of Union troops steams upriver to the city, where he will take commend of the Department of the Gulf.