The enemy on the Appomattox.
--Four Yankee gunboats ascended the Appomattox river
last Thursday night, and commenced shelling a small force of Confederates as Point of Rocks
, about a mile below the entrance to Port Walthall Lieut. Crenshaw
and Private John Edwards
, of Surry county
, were wounded.
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We had but two small six pounders there, which were quickly put in position, and the fire of the gunboats returned.
Of course no damage was done by them, unless perchance the balls may have struck among the crew of the vessels.
informs us that he could distinctly hear the ring of the balls from his guns as they struck and glanced from the iron vessels.
This battle was kept up for the space of one or two hours, our infantry in the meantime using their muskets to the best advantage.
It is supposed that the enemy had a number of sharp shooters along, as the fire of musketry from the decks of their vessels was quite brisk at times.
At their leisure the gunboats passed the Point of Rocks
, and continued on up in the direction of Port Walthall shelling the banks of the river and the adjoining woods very freely.
Our troops, anticipating a visit at the Port destroyed the wharf and set fire to some ten or fifteen thousand bushels of coal lying there.
This coal was burning fiercely all day yesterday.
Towards midnight the vessels of the enemy fell down the river, shelling as they went down and doing, we hear, a great deal of damage to private property over the banks.
The house of Mr. John Strachan
, City Point
of Rocks was, we understand, completely destroyed by the shells.
Fortunately he had removed his family and negroes from the premises as soon as the shelling commenced.
Other dwellings between these and City Point
were more or less injured.
, deserted as it is by all living things, did not escape the destructive missiles of the enemy.
For when they reached there, they shelled the town for hours and destroyed nearly every building in it.