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and diminished army and the rebel capital. The capture of Petersburg of itself is an important step towards the reduction of Richmond; but it is only an item among the many advantages gained by Gen Grant in shifting from the north to the south side of the city. First, the transfer of his army from the deadly swamps and jungles of the Chickahominy to the dry, rolling, healthy country between Petersburg and Richmond is a matter for general congratulation. Secondly, the entire army of Gen Butler, a powerful reinforcement, has thus been added to the army of the Potomac, together with the iron clad and gunboats of Admiral Lee, another tremendous reinforcement. Thirdly, in transferring his base of supplies to the James river, Gen Grant's active army is again practically reinforced to the extent of fifteen or twenty thousand men relieved from the duty of guarding the railroads and common highways used on the Chickahominy for transportation purposes. But most important of all, in