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nity of examining the defensive works as well as of escape. My reference to these works will, therefore, be founded on his knowledge, combined with my own. There are hundreds and even thousands of people who suppose that Gen Grant intends to carry the defences around Richmond by a grand assault, and that in a few days the city will be captured. --But these parties will be disappointed. The day for carrying the defences and reaching the city by storm is passed. In the latter part of June and the fore part of July, 1862, when McClellan was frightened — it would be an insult to his noble army to say forced or driven — to his gunboats for protection, the defences of the city were in the nature of common field fortifications, which any skillful or even fighting General with his army could have carried with little difficulty and loss. The Union army then outnumbered the rebel host by one- third, and I believe one half. Since then, however, the rebels have placed under arms every