the ground that General Banks was menacing Alexandria, and they decided to sacrifice one of the two places to hold the other.
The troops have already reembarked, and are on the way to Alexandria.
Fort De Russy takes its name from Colonel De Russy, who formerly commanded in this vicinity, and lives not far distant.
Lieutenant-Colonel Bird was in command, though he reported to General Walker, whose headquarters were at Alexandria.
The following officers are prisoners: Captains Stevens, Morran, Wise, Wright, Laird, and King; Lieutenants Denson, Fuller, Fogarty, Claydon, Trumbull, (Eng.,) Burbank, Hewey, Assenheimer, Fall, Hauk, Ball, Little, Barksdale, Spinks, Bringhurst, and Stout.
From various sources we gather that the rebels here have about abandoned the idea of defending any of their navigable streams.
When asked to account for their apparent neglect of so important a fort, they reply that this was considered merely as an experiment in engineering, (certainly a very credi