--The following communication, suggesting the building of cotton-protected gun-boats, we take from the Vicksburg Whig.
The writer certainly makes a very liberal offer towards the furtherance of the enterprise:
, Nov. 19, 1861.
--I am well convinced that steam war vessels for the Confederate States
, to be used as gun-boats, to be protected by cotton bales, and for the protection of the valley of the Mississippi
, can be successfully built, and will render wonderful service for our just cause.
I propose to be one of fifty or twenty-five who will furnish one hundred bales of cotton at once for this purpose.
I make this communication for your papers that others may at once unite and accomplish this desirable object.
I will give the one hundred bales whenever an amount sufficient, in cotton or money, in subscribed to build or prepare one or more boats for the above purpose.