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[288] Confederacy would send its last grist to the mill. No one knew this fact better than General Grant, and it was all he now hoped for.

And where was the doughty Ben Butler all this time, from whom General Grant had expected such valuable aid? Beauregard, with an insignificant force, had ‘bottled him up’ on a narrow strip of land at Bermuda Hundred, and where he kept him as long as he desired, and then withdrew the cork and allowed Butler to go to Drewry's Bluff and dig the Dutch Gap Canal, which since has been of inestimable value to the commerce of the James.

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