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elters underneath, while the top was arranged for infantry fire. Listening galleries were dug to prevent successful mining operations; dams were constructed to flood the ground where streams ran towards the rebel lines, and every appliance of the defensive art was called in play to render the fortifications impregnable. On the opposite side of the James, the main rebel line started from Drury's Bluff, and then ran south to the Howlett House, on the high commanding ground that overlooks Dutch Gap; here the river in its windings intervened again, and the peninsula of Bermuda Hundred was crossed, the line still running almost due south, till it struck the Appomattox, north-east of Petersburg. From this point the works extended south-westerly to the Weldon road, when they turned to the north, and completed the circuit of the town. In front of Butler, on Bermuda Hundred, the rebel line was extremely strong, and like that north of the James, was intended to be held with a comparativel
ingly given to prepare for this emergency. To Meade Grant said: The army north of the James will be promptly withdrawn and put in the trenches about Petersburg, thus liberating all of your infantry and cavalry and a sufficient amount of artillery. . . . Hold yourself in readiness to start in the shortest time with twelve days rations. To Butler he wrote: In case it should be necessary for you to withdraw from north of the James, abandon all of your present lines except at Deep Bottom and Dutch Gap. Just occupy what you did prior to the movement which secured our present position. This withdrawal, however, was to be temporary only, and with characteristic forethought, Grant continued: Open to the rear all enclosed works, so that when we want to retake them, they will not be directed against us. Tennessee, however, was the theatre where the interest of the war now culminated; the key-point, at this juncture, of the strategy which enveloped a continent. Nashville, the capital of