The batteries on the Potomac--Federal steamer fired upon.
We have gathered some interesting intelligence from members of Capt. Chandler
's corps of Artillery, from old Caroline, who were detached from their company at No. 2 Battery on the Potomac
, and sent to Evansport
for temporary service at one of the guns.
With regard to the condition of affairs at the latter point, it may be safe to say that the river is virtually blockaded.
On the morning of the 15th inst. the Federal
passed down the river, firing two shots, which were not returned, but preparation was made at once to give a warm salutation to the next passer-by.
About an hour afterwards a large three-masted steamer supposed to be the Seminole
, hove in sight, when our batteries opened with telling effect, and she was struck some five or six times.
The next morning the hated Pawnee
sought to run the blockade, and succeeded; but soon called for the assistance of two tugs, by which she was attended as far as Maryland Point
There are now about fifty sail vessels laying off Aquia Creek
, fearing to pass the batteries.
Should they make the attempt, they will encounter obstacles which may deter others from following their example.