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pose without materially impairing the efficiency of this column. Commodore Goldsborough thinks the—work too strong for his available vessels, unless I can turn Gloucester. Report on the Conduct of the War, Part I, p. 320. In the cipher dispatch of April 7th to President Lincoln, General McClellan acknowledges a telegram of taid, The possession of Gloucester Point by the enemy retarded the taking of Yorktown, and it also enabled the enemy to close the river at that point, and added, Gloucester must have fallen upon our getting possession of Yorktown, and the York River would then have been open. Report on the Conduct of the War, Part I, pp. 601, had been withheld. This splendid division, eleven thousand strong, arrived, and for a moment the commander thought of intrusting to it alone the storming of Gloucester, but the idea was abandoned. On April 28th General J. E. Johnston wrote to Flag Officer Tatnall, commanding the naval forces in the James River, requesting