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Doc. 218. a fight on the lower Potomac. Lieut. Wyman's report. United States steamer Harriet Lane, off Mattawoman Creek, December 9, 1861. Hon. Gideon Welles, Secretary of the Navy: Sir: I have the honor to report to you that this morning, about half-past 9 o'clock, seeing the enemy's pickets, three camp wagons, and are the fire subsided, I judge that the quantity of stores must have been considerable. The enemy fired but a few musket shot. I am, very respectfully, &c., R. H. Wyman, U. S. N., Lieutenant-Commanding Potomac Flotilla. The correspondent with General Hooker's Division, near Budd's Ferry, says of this affair: Decembernacostia, and both vessels stood off Freestone Point, where they commenced shelling the woods and buildings. The Harriet Lane, flag-ship of the flotilla, Captain R. H. Wyman commanding, was stationed a mile or more behind. She fired two ninety-six-pound shots. On a line with her, a little lower down the river, were the Relianc