The fortifications of St. Louis.
--The whole city of St. Louis
, on every side save the river, is well fortified with heavy earthwork defences, surmounted by huge columbiads, rifled guns and howitzers.
There are guns on redoubts, guns on boats, guns at the arsenal, guns at the various departments — in fact, guns everywhere.
Approaching St. Louis
in a boat from below, you see our glorious Union colors everywhere.
The white tents of soldiers dot the hills around.
Soldiers are on duty everywhere, but soldiers off duty are in camp, not lounging in the streets.
An immense force is encamped near the arsenal, and out at the fair grounds, and the defences may be considered impregnable.
Troops arrive silently, and depart silently daily, and the influence of a mighty military intellect is felt everywhere where Fremont
's mysterious hand and mind guides the destiny of the West
Down the river are the formidable gun-boats, which will soon be ready to open their iron hail upon the enemy's forces.