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Conclusion.

The criticisms in the letter on “Fortifications and Armaments” are based upon principles, and are unanswerable. The views set forth on the twenty-ninth of March, have been verified in the clearest manner by the fall of Plymouth. The defenses on the left of Fort Williams (the central work) consists of open works, and are dependent upon the gunboats. The gunboats were forced out of the river, the “iron-clad” attacked these works in rear, and they soon became untenable. The land forces entered the town on that flank. Had all the works been enclosed, the results would have been very different.

When we were at Plymouth, I called your attention to this feature of the system of defence.

I am, very respectfully,

Your obedient servant,

John J. Peck, Major-General. To Major-General Benjamin F. Butler, Commanding Department Virginia and North Carolina, Fortress Monroe, Virginia.

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