JANUARY 8, 1862: General Robert E. Lee, confounded by the strength and mobility of the Union Navy, observed: "Wherever his fleet can be brought no opposition to his landing can be made except within range of our fixed batteries. We have nothing to oppose to its heavy guns, which sweep over the low banks of this country with irresistable force.
"The farther he can be withdrawn from his floating batteries the weaker he will become, and lines of defense, covering objects of attack, have been selected with this view."
Their Navy Is Too Strong. --Old B-Runner