War of the Rebellion: Serial 126 Page 0186 CORRESPONDENCE, ETC.

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in reaching the position then occupied. If any advantage could have accrued to us from this canal in a military point of view, it would be a maximum only by keeping it a profound secret.

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The excavation being ordered to proceed, ground was broken on the 9th of August, and immediately thereafter the enemy began the constant annoyance with their rifle and mortar batteries, which ended