Sunday, November 30, 1862
The men of the Thirteenth New Hampshire Regiment received orders to strike tents and prepare to march at noon the following day. Their destination is Fredericksburg, where Confederate General Robert E. Lee is prepared for an attack as Union General Ambrose Burnside awaits pontoon bridges to cross the Rappahannock River.1
1S. Millett Thompson, Thirteenth Regiment of New Hampshire Volunteer Infantry in the War of the Rebellion, 1861-1865 : A Diary Covering Three Years and a Day (Boston, Massachusetts: Houghton, Mifflin and Company, 1888), 26.