November 9 — Our army fell back last night and to-day to the south side of the Rapidan. All the blazing camp-fires that glowed on the fields of Culpeper last night was nothing but a programme of deceptive pyrotechnics for the special benefit and amusement of our Northern friends and visitors. We were rear guard to-day and covered the retreat of our retiring army. The Yanks advanced very slowly and cautiously all day, and we fell back just as slowly as the enemy advanced; we put our guns in position twice during the day, but did no firing. We fell back along the Orange and Alexandria Railroad. Camped to-night one mile from Rapidan Station. Very cold, with a little snow mixed with the weather. The country along the north side of the Rapidan here is low, wet, and a little marshy.
Three Years in the Confederate Horse Artillery — George Michael Neese.
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