83.-occupation of Cockpit Point, Va.
New-York Herald account.
United States steamer Stepping Stones, Mattawoman Creek, Potomac River, March 11, 1862.
on Sunday, at noon, Lieut. Commanding Badger, of the Anacostia, observing the absence of the usual sentries at Cockpit Point, and the familiar sights incident thereto, concluded that the rebels had evacuated.
Acting on this supposition, Capt. Badger ran alongside the Yankee and inquired of Commodore Wyman what he should do. The Commodore told him to take the Piedmontesa and reconnoitre.
He did so, and the result was he was satisfied that the rebels had really left.
Capt. Badger then went back to the Yankee and reported to this effect, and asked permission to test the matter by shelling the battery, when the Commodore gave him permission to do so at long range — not without reason — apprehending some diabolical trick.
This was done.
Shell after shell was thrown into the Point.
Soldiers of General Hooker's division