--The admirable fortifications that have been constructed at different commanding points about Richmond
under the superintendence of Col. Talcott
, suggest a farther extension of the idea.
To be there highly effective for defence, these works will have to be connected by roads admitting vapid transit.
The roads should run to nearly on straight lines as possible, and the various redouble which they would connect being on elevated ground, the roads themselves would to raised upon high elevations.
They would cross the river at two places on very high bridges, and would themselves constitute not only an impregnable breastwork for the protection of the city, but if constructed as wide streets, would add greatly to its beauty and contribute powerfully to its rapid growth.
Within the spacious enclosures where the space was not occupied by dense blocks of buildings, beautiful villas, surrounded by tasteful grounds and prolific market gardens, would dot the whole landscape; and Richmond
, already the most beautiful city of the continent, would become, as capital of the Southern Confederacy, one of the most attractive in the world.
Now is the time to commence the construction of these grand causeways or boulevards.
Our three thousand Yankee prisoners might be put to work upon them, the city undertaking to subsist them for their labor, thus relieving the Confederate Government of the expense of their maintenance.
Two or three thousand men would do an immense amount of work in the course of the war. Some might be put to quarrying granite, others to excavating, filling and graduating the roads, others to making bricks.
The only very costly parts of the work would be the two bridges connecting above and below the city with the redoubts on the Manchester
side; but these bridges would be more than paid for by bringing Manchester
together as one city, as they would, of course, become under the influence of two free bridges.
We do not know any enterprise in which the corporation of Richmond
could now engage that would promise or, effect more for the rapid growth and future greatness of the city.
At conspicuous points where the boulevards would form angles, granite moments and arches might be placed, commemorative of distinguished events in our second war of Independence.
These might be called the arch of Bethel
, Lenington, Leesburg
, and so on, and lists of the names of soldiers killed and wounded engraved upon them in the everlasting granite.
But we will not pursue the idea further.