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Supplies and infrastructure.

no signs of warfare, no marching men or bodies lying on the blood-soaked sward, are needed to mark this as a war-time photograph. No laboring boss would have fallen into the position of the man on the top of the embankment. Four years in uniform has marked this fellow; he has caught the eye of the camera and drawn up at “attention,” shoulders back, heels together, and arms hanging at his side. There is no effect of posing, no affectation here; he stands as he has been taught to stand. He is a soldier. No frowning cannon could suggest the military note more clearly. Just beyond the Point to the left, above the anchorage and the busy wharves, are General Grant's headquarters at city Point. From here it was but a few minutes' ride on the rough military railway to where the one hundred and ten thousand fighting men lay entrenched with the sixty-six thousand veterans in gray opposed to them. A warship lying where these vessels lie could drop a 12-inch shell into Petersburg in modern days. From here President Lincoln set out to see a grand review and witnessed a desperate battle. Here General Sherman, fresh from his victorious march from Atlanta to the sea, came up in the little gunboat Bat to visit Grant. During the last days, when to the waiting world peace dawned in sight, city Point, to all intents and purposes, was the National capital, for from here President Lincoln held communication with his Cabinet officers, and replied to Stanton's careful injunctions “to take care of himself” with the smiling assurance that he was in the hands of Grant and the army.

The teeming wharves

Supplies for an army.

An engine of the U. S. Military railroad.


 

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