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On the road to Petersburg: notes of an officer of the C. S. A. 1. So June wears on in this good or bad year 1864, and our friend General Grant is leaving Cold Harbour for a new base, I think. He has had a hard time of it since he crossed the Rapidan, and we also; fighting in the Wilderness, (I came near going under there); fighting at Spotsylvania Court-House (our Po is more famous now than the classic stream of Virgil); fighting on the North Anna, a maiden who stretched her arms bet
earthworks with their bayonets in twenty minutes, whenever they stop; sun rising and setting; wind blowing; woods reverberating with shots; column still moving toward James river.
Then the question is settled; General Grant is going to try the Petersburg line of advance on Richmond, with his base at City Point.
Judicious! General Lee said a year ago, I am told, that this was the quarter from which Richmond was most exposed.
That terrible question of our communications --the Southern railr