The Pig Point affair.
--It appears from the following dispatch, which appeared in the New York Tribune of the 6th, that the Harriet Lane
's purpose was ‘"merely to feel"’ our fire.
The result proved that she felt it:
Those who witnessed the firing from Newport News with good glasses, believe that shells from the Harriet Lane
took effect within the works; and carts were seen to move, it is conjectured, with the dead.
The Harriet Lane
's purpose was merely to feel their fire, and determine the character of the work.
She received one shot through the bulwarks from a rifled gun. There is another battery a short distance further up the James river
, and it is evidently the purpose of the rebels to fortify the shores at various points, fearing that Gen. Butler
may land forces on that side of the river, with a view of commanding the rear of Norfolk
, and cut off railroad connection with the South