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f this line, I was compelled to prepare to receive the enemy on a second line, on Warwick river. This line was incomplete in its preparations, owing to the fact that a thousand negro laborers that I had engaged in fortifying were taken from me and discharged by superior orders, in December last, and a delay of nine weeks consequently occurred before I could reorganize the laborers for the engineers. Keeping, then, only small bodies of troops at Harwood's and Young's Mills, and at Ship Point, I distributed my remaining forces along the Warwick line, embracing a front from Yorktown to Minor's farm of twelve miles, and from the latter place to Mulberry Island Point of one and a half miles. I was compelled to place in Gloucester Point, Yorktown, and Mulberry Island, fixed garrisons amounting to six thousand men, my whole force being eleven thousand (11,000,; so that it will be seen that the balance of the line, embracing a length of thirteen miles, was defended by about five