PROTECTION OF NEW ORLEANS. – The New Orleans press are earnestly calling upon the Confederate States authorities to place the forts which command the several entrances to the Mississippi in a state of as complete defense as is possible. The Delta, alarmed apparently at the presence of a formidable squadron in the Gulf, says:
It is not deemed by many thoughtful persons a very judicious course to draw from this city a large force of its military, and to deprive it of its most experienced engineering and artillery officers. New Orleans can ill spare such energetic officers as Beauregard and Bragg, in the presence of a hostile fleet. Forts Sumter and Pickens are of the smallest imaginable importance compared with the security of this city.
It urges the immediate augmentation of the garrisons at Forts Jackson and St. Phillip to 1,000 men each.