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Benson J. Lossing, Pictorial Field Book of the Civil War. Volume 1., Chapter 22: the War on the Potomac and in Western Virginia. (search)
the insurgents commenced erecting a battery which might completely destroy the water communication with the Capital. Captain Ward, of the Potomac flotilla, was with the Freeborn, his flagship, below this point, when information of the presence of aight, two boatloads of marines, well equipped, with a competent leader. They were accordingly sent in charge of Lieutenant Chaplin Ward's plan was to land, drive off the insurgents, and denude the Point of trees, so that there might be no shelter fnder cover of this fire, Lieutenant Chaplin and his party, with others from the Freeborn, landed at about ten o'clock. Captain Ward accompanied them. Skirmishers were thrown out, and these soon encountered the pickets of the insurgents, who fired and fled. Just then a body of four or five hundred of the foe were seen coming over a hill. Ward hastened back to their Freeborn, to renew the shelling, while Chaplin and his men took to their boats. The insurgents were checked, and, in the course o