from The New York Herald, 19 Dec 1862,
| NEWS FROM THE RAPPAHANNOCK
Burial of the Slain in the Battle of Saturday. Our Rappahannock Correspondence.
"All quiet along the lines"is again the report from the army this morning.
During all the day yesterday our ambulance corps, with a large detail from the brigades, were engaged in removing the wounded from Fredericksburg, and this, coupled with the fact that work on the railroad bridge had ceased, led to the belief that our forces were to be withdrawn, and such proved to be the fact; for during the night our forces were quietly withdrawn, and at daylight the last of them were over and the work of taking up the bridge commenced, and was completed in a short time.
The weather was remarkably favorable for the movement of the army, but very unfavorable for the wounded, it being dark and cloudy until towards morning, when it commenced raining hard, and the wind blew with great force, driving the rain under the flies which had been put up for temporary shelter, blowing down many of the tents and deluging those laid out in the open air, and in many cases flooding the tents in which the wounded were laying.
The scene at the hospital of the Second corps as the rain ceased this morning was truly sickening. In some of the tents the water was several inches deep; and here lay the sufferers, their wounded limbs covered with water, with nothing but a little straw or hay between them and the ground, while others were limping about in the mud, with a wet blanket on their shoulders.
This hospital has been called, to distinguish it, Dougherty Hospital, from the chief surgeon of the right grand wing of the army, and is under the charge of Medical Director Justin Dwinelle, assisted by Drs. Rizer and Morton, of Howard; Drs. Reynolds and Gray, of Hancock, and Drs. McEbright and Maul; of Frenchdivisions, as operating surgeons.
These gentlemen and their assistants have been unremitting in their attention to the wounded, working without rest until nearly exhausted; but the loss in the corps has been probably the heaviest of any in the division, it being the one to whom was assigned the task of carrying the enemy centre.
The list of wounded will attest with what bravery they struggled to accomplish their mission and show the devotion of "Sumnerold corps"to their flag and their commander.
Among the killed occurs the name of Dr. Haven, of the Fifteenth Massachusetts , who was struck by a shell while with his regiment in the streets of Fredericksburg, and almost instantly killed.
While the troops lay in the city yesterday a most interesting ceremony took place at the theatre, it being the formal presentation of the colors recently sent the Irish Brigade by their friends in the city of New York. The whole brigade - each man with a sprig of green in his hat - marched to the theatre where the presentation took place, interrupted occasionally by the thundering of the enemycannon. General Meagher is represented as having been extremely eloquent and happy in his remarks. General Burnside stopped a moment in passing to participate in the ceremony, and was loudly cheered by the men.
The great loss in the Second army corps includes a large number of officers, and the confusion consequent upon their loss renders it impossible to procure anything like a correct list of the killed.