This chapter describes the delays that plagued the Federals and gave Lee time to reunite his army, resupply, and prepare his defenses around Fredericksburg. The rapid Union advance to Fredericksburg was followed by an unexpected lull. Frustrated by the delay in the arrival of the pontoons, Burnside appeared immobilized by uncertainty, his army stalled along the Rappahannock. As frustration and doubt grew among the Federals, the Confederates struggled with supply problems while awaiting their opponents' next move.
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