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otomac line, the case had been a little different.
Magruder, on the Peninsula, had gained no success of note.
A few unimportant skirmishes had taken place and the Confederate lines had been contracted — more from choice than necessity.
But the combatants were near enough-and respected each other enough --for constant watchfulness to be considered necessary; and, though the personnel of the army was, perhaps, not as good as that of the Potomac, in the main its condition was better.
At Norfolk nothing had been done but to strengthen the defenses.
General Huger had striven to keep his men employed; and they, at least, did not despise the enemy that frowned at them from Fort Monroe, and frequently sent messages of compliment into their camps from the lips of the Sawyer gun.
The echo of the paeans from Manassas came back to them, but softened by distance and tempered by their own experience-or want of it.
In Western Virginia there had been a dull, eventless campaign, of strat