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Southern Historical Society Papers, Volume 9. (ed. Reverend J. William Jones), Fight with gunboats at Mathias point. (search)
Fight with gunboats at Mathias point. Report of Colonel Rugoles. Headquarters Mathias point, June 30th, 1861. To First Lieutenant H. H. Walker, A. A. Adjutant General C. S. A.: Sir,--I had the honor to transmit, on the night of the 27th inst., a field report of the conflict with the enemy during that day and now transmit ty-three men, towed by the Reliance, to report to Captain Ward, of the Freeborn, * * and yesterday morning he found the Freeborn some four or five miles below Mathias's Point, and there reported to Captain Ward. Lieutenant Chaplin continues as follows: The Freeborn then stood up for Mathias's Point, and on arriving there, threw shoMathias's Point, and on arriving there, threw shot, shell and grape into the woods near where we were to land. About ten the landing was effected, my party under the charge of Commander Ward, who landed with me. I threw my men out as skirmishers, and on getting about three hundred yards from the boats, discovered the enemy's pickets, who fired and retreated. My men followed the