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d fortifications, a good line for defensive operations, and that counter works could be made opposite those of the enemy that would be valuable to check his advance. The whole chain of hills from Lewinsville to Springfield would make an admirable base for defensive operations, but would be of little value as a base of offensive movements. They were untenable unless strongly fortified, and this would have necessitated a siege, which might have proved as long and as serious as the siege of Sebastopol. The good people grumbled considerably at the idea of giving up any territory once occupied, but at the same time they grumbled at the inactivity or delay of the army. They did not seem to consider that to hold a position immediately under the enemy's batteries, and within range of his cannon, it would be necessary to have fortifications, and that the construction of them would cost our men many months' of manual labor and of tedious garrison duty. Volunteers are of little value to garr