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his siege taught the world not only that earth works were immensely valuable as a means of attacking fortresses, but that as a means of defence they were superior to masonry, inasmuch as by following out the plan of Silistria, the defence could be protracted to almost any extent, while the duration of defence in a casemate fortress was limited to the time necessary to breach it, or, in other words, a simple calculation of time and force of projectiles. The remarkably protracted defence of Sebastopol was due simply to the good sense of Gen. Todliben in adopting the plan so rudely taught his countrymen at Silistria was rebuilding his entrenchments with earth Steadfast as his casemates were battered to pieces cts. Woods have only, then, to erect earth fortification on the points we have suggested, to give homes, the women and children of East Virginia an effectual defence against the ma The State has already a good amount of ordnance, which could be multiplied to almost any extent,