In summer they were always on the hills and by the burnsides.
Burnsides delay at the bridge could not have been more fortunate for Lee if he had fixed its duration himself.
Burnsides plan had been to renew the battle, but the overwhelming opinion of the other officers prevailed.
General Sumner (who led the advance of Burnsides army) held this opinion but he had not received orders to cross the river.
In front of this wall the previous year, nearly 6,000 of Burnsides men had fallen, and it was not carried.
A word remains to be said as to fortunes of Burnsides and Warrens forces, which were on the Federal right.
In the mine fiasco on that fatal July 30th, thirty-nine hundred men (nearly all from Burnsides corps) were lost to the Union side.
General Burnsides whole force was pouring down to the Stafford hills.
General Reno with a part of Burnsides corps was on the ground by August 14th.
Burnsides expedition, which made possible Shermans march, depended upon Monroe as a base.