g Petersburg prevented 22,000 from effecting its capture.
On the evening of the 16th 10,000 men stood a successful barrier to 66,000.
The same 10,000 men, on the 17th, confronted 90,000, and were not defeated.
On the 18th our troops, reinforced, first by Kershaw's, then by Field's division, of General Lee's army—making an aggreps; nor were the breastworks they would have assaulted so formidable as they are represented to be; for, though begun by General Beauregard during the night of the 17th, they were not completed until days and weeks after General Lee's arrival.
Some other reason must be assigned for the inertness and comparative inactivity of the he Confederate forces, including General Lee's army, occupied the new defensive lines to which General Beauregard had withdrawn his troops, during the night of the 17th, unobserved by his vigilant adversary.
These lines were necessarily taken under the pressure of circumstances, as most lines are on the field of battle, but had,