The Norfolk Navy-yard.
of the U. S. Navy has a good deal to say in his late report of the ‘ "unfortunate calamity"’ of the loss of the Norfolk Navy-Yard
, His evident mortification over the disgraceful abandonment of this valuable establishment by a force of eighteen hundred fighting men, who were scared away by a series of well-timed and well-executed railroad whistles, almost consoles us for the negligence of Virginia
in permitting Old Point
to remain in the hands of our enemies, when it might have been taken with case, and would have saved an immense expenditure of force and money.
With Old Point
and the Navy-Yard
in our possession, we should not have required a single soldier in the peninsula or in Norfolk
; the immense force is now there might have been defending Western Virginia
or carrying the war into Africa
, and the enemy would have had none of those advantages of aggression which his possession of this powerful fortress affords.