|McClellan before Yorktown.|
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On every portion of my lines, he attacked us with a furious cannonading and musketry, which was responded to with effect by our batteries and troops of the line. His skirmishers were also well thrown forward on this and the succeeding day, and energetically felt our whole line; but were everywhere repulsed by the steadiness of our troops. Thus, with 5,000 men. exclusive of the garrisons, we stopped and held in check over 100,000 of the enemy. Every preparation was made in anticipation of another attack by the enemy. The men slept in tho trenches and under arms; but, to my utter surprise, he permitted day after day to elapse without an assault.
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