Today's Gazette gives an account of the desperate battle between Burnside and the rebels at Fredericksburg. Franklin's division fought desperately and drove the enemy a mile. Rufus belongs to this division and thus again is compelled to take part in these dreadful scenes. I know he will do his duty but he is tired of bloodshed. I tremble when I think he may be cold and dead upon the battle field or wounded and suffering with none to care for him, but I will hope in God's mercy for him, His hand has kept and will, I trust, keep him still.
George took Daniel to Parkersburg to take a boat for Pomeroy but no boat was expected until Wednesday. So he returned here to go by railroad.