¶ 2 Leave a comment on paragraph 2 0 handsomest [sic]rivers in Europe, The Rhine and Moselle. The capital of the Rhenish Province of Prussia. The Palace, and government buildings, of modern construction, the venerable church of St. Castor and the other fine buildings stretch along the River in plain view from our steamer, with the forts Alexander and Constantine looming up beside the Moselle ; on the hights [sic] beyond. Beyond the Moselle-Bridge with its 14 arches erected over 400 years ago, rises the Petersberg fortification of Fort Franz, which protects the city, the roads to Treves, to Cologne and the plains between, capable of sheltering 100,000 men.
¶ 3 Leave a comment on paragraph 3 1 This plain between Coblentz and Andernach is celebrated as the scene of Ceasars [sic] first passage of the Rhine 55 years before Christs time- the battles between Charles the Bald and Louis the German 1000 years ago.
¶ 4 Leave a comment on paragraph 4 1 The celebrated Russian Prince Metternich was born here- We pass through the pontoon bridge leading to the immense fortress of Ehrenbreitstein, called the “Gibralter of the Rhine”, opposite Coblentz perched on a precipitous rock over 4000 ft above the Rhine. Was built about 800 years ago and never yielded to an enemy but twice- In 1631 the French during the absence of the garrison, took it by strategem [sic]. Was besieged by the French five times, and starved out in 1799- and blown up 2 years afterward. Now rebuilt, at an expense of 8. million dollars, commenced in 1816 lasting ten years-