Cost of Bombarding.
--A letter from Charleston
to the N. O. Delta, gives the following item of the expense to be incurred in the siege of Sumter
"Every gun fired from Fort Sumter
costs, on an average, thirteen dollars. Every gun fired by the State
will be an average expenditure of nine dollars. A prominent officer of Fort Moultrie
informs me that, by a close calculation, it has been ascertained that when its batteries open, the cost per diem to the State
, at that fort alone, will exceed $15,000. Pretty heavy, that.
But this is the surest way of mastering the fort, and we had better spend money than lives in its acquisition."