the boat neared the shore, a detachment of the Kempsville (P. A) Cavalry, Captain Burroughs, neared the boat as slyly as Indians, but were seen from the ship, which fired one of those same patent conical shells (which we have before spoken of) directly between two of the horsemen, but hurting nobody.
The Cavalry then made a dash to the Beach, and fired some seventy shots at the retreating boat, which was then some seventy yards off. The boat's crew returned a single volley, and all except the oarsmen squatted--leaving the steamer to answer the catechism.
She fired six times.
One of the company, Mr. K. Silvester, rode out into the surf and fired a parting shot with his rifle.
He was closely attended by a free negro man--a fidus Achates--who blazed away at the Yankees like an heroic Greek.
The man's name is Johnson Owens.
We do not know whether any of the Abolitionists were killed, but we are morally certain that they did not get any fresh fish for dinner last Tuesday.