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|Private Silas Jones of the 52nd wrote:
Christmas is near at hand and today finds me in the cold-.
We are building Winter huts....I am afraid that I will not have a cabin to go into at
Christmas.-working hard to get it done....I had to go on picket the next morning
(After) I got here-on the River towards Fredericksburg. They awaited the enemy in rifle
pits but instead of advancing they retired as usual....All are cheerful and gay with their