Torpedoes and Submarine batteries.--We are happy to be informed that, among the other defences of the Elizabeth
and Nansemond rivers
, are these admirable contrivances for giving an unexpected hoist to an invading fleet.
In one place, we are informed, the work is of a character that would damage seriously the largest squadron that ever floated on the waters.
It is also said that the same contrivances either have been or are about to be arranged at various places along the coast.
The batteries around Norfolk
are in tip-top condition, and any demonstration upon that point will be met in a manner that will make the eyes of the next generation of Virginians
sparkle with delight when they open that illumined page of her history.--Richmond Dispatch, May 17