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The Daily Dispatch: December 16, 1861., [Electronic resource], A Federal launch on the Attakapas Coast — capture of the Confederate Schr. Purdy. (search)
Firing on the Potomac. On Thursday morning last, a Federal steamer, supposed to be the old Mount Verson, which has been razed, anchored off Boyd's Hole, below Pratt's Point, on the Potomac, as supposed for the purpose of reconnoitering. Capt. Cook, finding that she was only about two miles distant from his battery, concluded to have a little artillery practice, and accordingly-opened fire on her about 9 o'clock. He fired some fifteen or twenty rounds, and, as near as could be ascertained struck the steamer three times. She responded feebly and without effect, her projectiles failing to reach the shore.--Some of the shots from the battery ricocheted most beautifully, and landed on the Maryland side, full three miles distant. The steamer, finding the locality somewhat dangerous, drew off as hastily as possible, and vented her spite by shelling an old vacant house some distance below, but did no damage whatever. Two Federal steamers came down the river the same day, directly afte