the military engineers regarded the scheme from the first with ill-concealed derision.
Meade and his Chief of Engineers, Duane, declared that it was all clap trap and nonsense --that the Confederates were certain to discover the enterprise — that wade, having assured himself that the Confederates had no second line on Cemetery Hill, as he had formerly supposed and as Duane had positively reported,
Ib., pp. 43, 44. was now sanguine of success, and made these preparations to meet the contingening a mechanical cheer, slowly mounts the crest, passes unmolested across the intervening space,
Grant, Meade, Potter, Duane and others testify to this effect.--Ib., pp. 36, 87, 110, 116. and true to the instinct fostered by long service in the tecially statement of General Warren--Report on the Conduct of the War (1865), vol.
i, p. 166; General Hunt, pp. 98, 184; Duane, p. 100; and others.
For general efficiency of the artillery fire, see Meade's Report, August 16th, 1864--Ib., p. 31; Co