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The Daily Dispatch: January 21, 1862., [Electronic resource] 2 0 Browse Search
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loop.--A breast of Shipping Point and Evansport, 30 shots were fired by the rebels, principally shells from 32-pounders. They passed from 30 to 60 feet above the surface of the water, and flew in almost every direction, without hitting the Pensacola — she making 11 knots an hour. The last shell was fired when she was about a mile and a half below the battery. It passed above the mizzentop, and through the main and fore rigging, and burst about twenty feet forward of the vessel. Off Sage Point, about three miles below the batteries, they came to anchor to wait for daylight. As they passed Aquia Creek they were fired at by pieces on the hills, but fell short. The Pensacola was piloted by Capt. Walters. The night was dark, and in passing Mattawana flats there was only one foot to spare between the keel of the sloop and the mud. The Pusey left the Pensacola at the mouth of the Potomac, at 8½ o'clock, A. M., and returned last night. In passing the batteries on the upward tri