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		Discovery of the
though one burst in the water fronting the Bat-
ery.     On the upper pyramidal mound of the lat-
ter (shewn to the right of the top-photograph on
page 150) we had a capital view of the scene.
The shots were exchanged alternately.  We would
look on, through our field-glasses, until we dis-
cerned the counter-flash when we�d jump down
behind the fascines until after the explosion.    A
small party of officers had collected as specta-
tors.    The Connecticut artillerymen had got the
range perfectly; I saw four of their shells ex-
plode over the embankment of the hostile battery,
which, indeed, they almost utterly demolished, as we
had a most unexpected opportunity of ascertaining
on the morrow.        Back, with Hall and Edge,
through the ex-rebel camp, to sup with Bement
at the Camp of the 6th Penn. cavalry.   Then to
our quarters, sending Edge to sleep over at the
house occupied by Dexter.    Writing letter to
the Tribune descriptive of the afternoon�s doings.
All night long the enemy kept up an incessant
cannonading.
  4.  Sunday.   Rumor on rumor through-
out the camps that the rebels had evacuated York-
town � surprise � laughter � disgust � �I told you
so�s!� and a general feeling that we had been
badly �sold.�  All our month�s digging and dying
in the swamps, to produce such an anti-               
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