Iron batteries on the coast.
--A writer in the Savannah Republican
remarks on this subject:
Some of the military movements
along the coast have created no little distrust and alarm.
There may be good military reasons for erecting batteries, and exposing the men working the guns to the enemy's shot and shell without protection from either, but those not versed in military science think it very strange that millions of feet of hewn timber and thousands of bars of railroad iron
have been permitted sight of the batteries ever since the war and no step taken to use this for the protection of the lives and time of our soldiers which could at any time have been done with very little labor and
Some persons probably military men are firmly convinced that, with the present force on and other islands, protected by iron shot and shell proof, they could destroy a small attacking fleet, and in case of attack by a large fleet, would no able to sink many vessels, and perhaps repel the fleet, as it would be necessary for the invading vessel to pass within less than half a mile of their guns.
It may be the men are safer exposed to the enemy's fire than under cover, and better situated to repel a fleet; and as Governor Brown
has recently visited all the batteries, and personally inspected the pile of railroad iron
, his next annual message will no doubt explain this, and make it clear as mud. In the meantime, the friends of those killed or sustaining any disaster at the guns will have the satisfaction of knowing their soldier friends were destroyed or defeated to carry out some strategic move entirely beyond their comprehension.