[Special, Correspondence of the Dispatch.]
Fredericksburg, June 10, 1861.
There can be no better evidence of the utter lenravity of our enemies, than, the acts of lawlessness committed by them daily along the Virginia
shore of the Potomac
They employ some dozen or more tug boats so small that even on shallow water they can run very near the shore, and wherever it is not protected by armed men every species of outrage is committed.
, unoffending citizens are subjected to cruel insults, and their property ruthlessly destroyed.
Scarcely a day basses that we do not hear of some new act of lawlessness committed in the most skulking manner.
In fact, one can scarcely imagine the inconvenience to which nearly every the on the Potomac
is subjected by these diabolical outlaws.
There were several shots fired at our camp at Mathias' Point
, from steamers.
Sunday afternoon, but without effect.
One man was a little frightened and slightly injured by the felling of limb cut away by a ball from a tree near him. The purpose of this was evidently to divert attention from some more important point, and if possible effect a landing; but if they can manŒuvre so as to humbug Gen. Holmes
by any feint, they are at liberty to land and take quiet and peaceable possession.
is undoubtedly a man of considerable military qualifications, if one may judge from the expert style in which he manages everything connected with his department.
He is a man of firmness and decision without being morose or overbearing, as is the case with officers generally of his rank, and has the entire confidence of his men. If an opportunity is afforded him, he will teach the minions of A. L. a lesson that will be remembered for generations.
The town is comparatively quiet this morning, though life with rumors which, if generally credited, would cause serious derangement in the conduct of civil affairs.
None are worth repeating here.
Several new companies are forming at this place, and likely to be organized in a short time.
Among them I notice that the Ruggles Guard, Capt. E. M. Brixton
, seems to be a favorite.
There is one forming for the Wise Legion
, under Capt. Harrow
, of Spotsylvania county
The news of the fight at Vienna
reached here by the cars yesterday evening and produced a degree of enthusiasm almost inconceivable. M.