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nt forward the rebel capital. From Petersburg, a cavalry expedition would be necessary only to proceed West to the Burkeville Junction of the Tennessee and Danville Railroads, and destroy them both. It seems to us that if Petersburg were once in our hands, it would give us virtual possession of the entire South, and force Gen. Lee to fight his army either to extermination or submission, without any chance of retreat, or means of obtaining supplies or reinforcements from the South and Southwest. Such a magnificent diversion could now be made without weakening the Army of the Potomac, the expedition of Gen. Banks, or any other independent corps, except, perhaps, that of Gen. Foster, in North and it would have the effect to give us a serious of decisive victories, which would put an end to the rebellion before the enlistment of our "nine months volunteers" is out. This, or some other similar diversion, should be made at once, to render the capture of Richmond by Burnside certain.