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[336] proposed that upon the arrival of these corps an attack of all the Confederate forces upon General Grant's left flank and rear should be made. Weighing the revived spirit of our united and reinforced troops against the undoubted depression of the Federals, he deemed the chances of victory with us. General Lee refused assent, on the grounds that his troops needed rest and that the defensive having been thus far so advantageous to him north of the James and to Beauregard at Petersburg, it was wiser to continue the same mode of warfare.

But Grant's sledge-hammer tactics were expended. He gave no more straightforward blows. Afterwards the attention of his numbers and superior resources was directed along the line of siege operations in front, with such turning movements in the field as were necessary to the investment of the place and cutting its communications. It was before this method of attack that near a twelvemonth afterward Petersburg fell. I have told the story of Drewry's Bluff and Petersburg without comment. The narrative itself is an immortelle, and I reverently lay it on the tomb of Beauregard the soldier.

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