[from our Special Correspondent.]
Fredericksburg, July 1, 1861.
Another engagement occurred at Mathias' Point
on Thursday afternoon, in which nine of the enemy were killed and many others wounded.
Our troops took a large number of picks, spades and sand-bags, and left the field unscathed, as usual.
From the accounts which have reached me, I judge the enemy numbered about fifty, and landed for the purpose of erecting some kind of defence.
The accounts are so vague that I am unwilling to give any statement positively, except that of the number killed and the quantity of implements found in the deserted boat.
, of the Freeborn
, was killed.
Our citizens were thrown into quite a furor of excitement yesterday afternoon, about 6 ½ o'clock, by the arrival at the wharf of the steamer St. Nicholas
, of the Baltimore
line, and at a very late hour of the night the wharf was crowded with those dubious about her identity, and curious to know the circumstances under which she came.
For several days past, the town has been highly excited with curiosity about the secret expedition which left here Friday morning, and even now the excitement of the ignorant in regard to it has not abated in the least.--The arrival of this steamer was the cause, very naturally, of alarm to some, while it increased the intense curicsity of others.
The circumstances connected with her transfer from the Baltimore
line to one of the ports of the Confederate States
, may be summed up as follows:
The steamer St. Nicholas
left the wharf at Baltimore Thursday
, about 1 o'clock P. M., having on board about eighty passengers, and some merchandize.
When she reached one of the Maryland
capes the Captain
and crew suddenly found themselves in the hands of some "Rebels," and were necessarily obliged to surrender in the name of the Confederate Government.
Resistance was useless, and the Captain
, seeing how futile would be any such attempt, quietly submitted to being deposed.
The gentleman who conducted this affair deserves a great deal of credit, and it is only for important considerations (which he will understand) that I can forbear calling his name.
He will receive the reward due him from another and more pleasing source.
The steamer, after undergoing a change of commanders and crew, proceeded to Cone river
to await reinforcements and to execute the remainder of the mission for which she was captured; but owing to some mismanagement or misunderstanding, was compelled to leave undone the most important part of the programme.
She left Cone river
Saturday, and while proceeding down the Bay
to the mouth of the Rappahannock
, captured two schooners--one named Margaret, of New York, ladened with coal from Alexandria
, to Staten Island
; the other, Mary Pierce
, of Boston
, ladened with 268 tons of ice, for Washington
The latter proves a very valuable acquisition, as our stock of ice is growing very small.
The Virginia captured a schooner, the name of which I could not learn, ladened with coffee, from Rio
, for Baltimore
; and, as the neutrality of Maryland
has been recognized, I presume her cargo will be purchased.
of the schooner Margaret
is a Virginian, and should be dealt with as he deserves.
of the schooner Mary Pierce
is undoubtedly a Yankee.
The report of fighting at Mathias' Point
has again reached me, and I am inclined to believe that we shall soon hear of a glorious victory on our part from that place. M.