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ce of Pensacola, and in driving off with case the most powerful man of-war in the Federal navy, he showed what could be done by land batteries, if built and placed in a proper manner. But if, at the be ginning of the war, we might invoke (as we long invoked in vain) the attention of our people to the thorough fortification of James river, how much more so now with the lights of the present contest. Wherever the Yankee gunboats have penetrated, our fortifications, with the exception of Donelson, have been silenced, an exception which proves what powerful guns and good gunnery can effect. The ordinary earthworks, without bomb-proof shelters, are no protection whatever against vessels under steam, which can shell them out with case, or run by them without difficulty. Moreover, the enemy are now building their gunboats with iron plates, which will make them invulnerable to the missiles of ordinary guns. The success of the Virginia, we confidently believe, is all that has thus far