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The Daily Dispatch: February 20, 1862., [Electronic resource] 2 0 Browse Search
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ause, and the anxiety which our foes manifest for the capture of the city, but I wish to make plain that from the threatened attack of three weeks ago, greater attention has been drawn to the river, and I can assure you that we can hold our own, and bring to bear upon the enemy as many guns as it is in reason possible for him to introduce into the river by gunboats. Thanks to the energy and capacity of Gen. Lee, this work has been pushed ahead vigorously since he assumed the command. Gen Lawton has been relieved of the defence of this post, and has been ordered to establish his head quarters at Skidaway, where he now is. No fair estimate can be made of the difficulty of erecting batteries on this river without a full knowledge of the nature of the neighboring banks and soil. Skirted as it is for miles on either hand by low banks and by marshes generally, the erection of a battery capable of sustaining the weight of metal necessary for its armament, becomes a work of no ordi