vil Engineer at FortSumter:
The following, says the Troy Whig, are extracts of a letter from Mr. Follins, a graduate of the Ransselaer Institute, but now in the employ of the "Independent Republic of South Carolina," as Civil Engineer.
The letter was addressed to Mr. E P. Jones:
Under present circumstances my time is taken up at Fort Moultrie, and I may before long be ordered off to erect batteries lower down on the coast, to repel any attempted invasion on the art of the North.
Jim Colt and I expect to be sent off together, for you must know this State has resumed her sovereignty and organized her Army and Corps of Engineers.
There is no hope for the Union.
It would be madness for the North to attempt coercion, for though she might attempt to sweep the South, from Virginia to the Gulf of Mexico, she never could restore a Union dismembered by her own madness and folly.
Why, sir, if the worst came to the worst, the very women and children would take up arms in de