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energetically disputed by inferior numbers in field-works at Williamsburg, which was not so solidly fortified as Yorktown.
A large Fort with six redoubts bar-red the road into the town, but, with the flanks not well protected, the position could be turned, and the Union troops did not wait to undertake a siege.
At Mechanicsville, Gaines' Mill, Seven Pines, Malvern Hill, and Harrison's
Federal fortifications at Allatoona pass, Georgia
When Sherman's army passed this point — early in June, 1864--entrenching was becoming a fine art with the American armies.
From the battle of New Hope Church, on May 25th, almost every advanced line on either side entrenched itself as spon as its position was taken up. Not to be outdone by their Western comrades, the great armies operating in Virginia also got down and dug dirt.
In timber, huge logs were placed in position and covered with earth.
Without timber, the parapets were often made as much as fifteen feet thick, to stop artillery fire.