f the great struggle excited the admiration of friend, foe, and neutral, alike.
Owing to the importance of Richmond, General Lee found himself always compelled to keep the one object in view — the defense of the capital of his State and Government.
For the safety of the city it was necessary that the approaches should be rendered defensible by small bodies of
Up the James at last--1865
These Federal gunboats would not be lying so far up the river-above the Dutch Gap Canal, near Fort Brady-unless the breaking of Lee's lines at Petersburg had forced the evacuation of Richmond, and of the batteries which lined the shores of the river-approach to the city.
The Confederate batteries are silent now; and the dreaded Confederate fleet has been destroyed by orders of its own commander.
The ironclad, Virginia, which never fired a shot, lies in the mud near Chaffin's Bluff opposite Fort Darling, sunk in a last desperate attempt to obstruct the approach of the Federal fleet.