From the Richmond Whig, 8/21/1861
THE FORTIFICATIONS erected around the city are of the most
complete and formidable character, and, in connection with the "masked
batteries" and mines at various points, would render the march of a hostile
army hitherward an undertaking of great peril. One in a hundred might survive to
depict the "wiping out" which these extensive works would certainly
accomplish. A few bastions are yet unfinished, and upon these a force of several
hundred men are now engaged.