chments, and that at 7.20 P. M. he assaulted and carried the principal line before Petersburg.
In the same despatch he tells us that he had ridden over the conquered lines with Grant, and found them to be more difficult even to take than was Missionary Ridge ; that none of Lee's army had reached Petersburg when Smith stormed it, but that they seemed to be there the morning afterwards, making arrangements to hold the west side of the Appomattox.
He commends the pontoon — bridge built by Major Duane, nearly seven hundred yards long, as of the most admirable solidity.
By the 19th it became evident that Smith's work was incomplete, and that the enemy had constructed an inner line covering Petersburg, which he meant to hold if possible.
According to Dana, it was to meet this condition of affairs that Grant again ordered a general assault, which was, as usual, unsuccessful; that the fighting had not been equal to our previous fighting, owing to our heavy loss in superior officers ; t