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cond of February, 1862. No. Xxi.--The Bill making an Appropriation for completing the Defences of the City of Washington, and for other purposes. In the House of Representatives, December twentieth, 1861, Mr. Stevens, of Pennsylvania, from the Comitteee of Ways and Means reported a bill making an appropriation of one hundred and fifty thousand dollars for completing the defences of Washington. Mr. Stevens asked for immediate action on the bill, which was recommended by the Chief-Engineer General Barnard. He stated that the defensive system of Washington, consisted of forty-eight works, mounting over three hundred guns, some of which were of very large size; and the actual defensive perimeter occupied, was about thirty-five miles, exceeding the length of the famous (and hitherto the most extensively fortified extemporized field-works) lines of Torres Vedras by several miles. The bill was passed without a division. In the Senate, on the thirteenth of January, 1862, Mr. Wilson,
y there could be employed. As the enemy advanced into the town our troops fell back to Princess Ann Street, and, as the enemy came up, they were driven back with loss. This street fighting continued until seven P. M., when I ordered General Barksdale to fall back and take position along and behind the stone wall below Marye's Hill, where it was relieved by the brigade of Brigadier-General Thomas R. R. Cobb, and retired to their position on the right of my line of defence in the woods of Mr. Barnard. Lieutenant-Colonel Luse, with his regiment, (the Eighteenth Mississippi,) who occupied the river bank below the town, drove back the enemy in their first attempt to cross the river, and kept them in check until about half past 3 o'clock P. M., when two regiments, the Sixteenth Georgia (Colonel Bryan) and Fifteenth South Carolina, (Colonel DeSaussure,) were sent to his support; and it being then deemed advisable the whole force was withdrawn to the river road, where they remained until da