From the seaboard.
[Special Correspondence of the Dispatch.]
Camp Jackson, Pig's Point, Wednesday, June 19th, 1861.
The news received here concerning the evacuation of Harper's Ferry
has caused a general depression; but, with implicit confidence in the ability of our Generals
, we are willing to trust our destinies in their hands.
This movement is not understood, but many conjectures are offered for explanation.
The Rip Raps.
you remember, is situater nearly at an angle with Sewell
's Point battery and Old Point
— to the right of the former and opposite the latter.
Unexpectedly this old pile of fortifications is occupiedly by Federal troops, with several pieces of cannon--one a rifle piece which threw yesterday, shell towards the camps of our troops stationed at Sewell
's Battery — I saw a sugar-loaf shaped concern, about eight inches long, (weighing thirty good pounds, I suppose,) that was brought to Nor-folk this morning which did not explode It is a dangerous looking missile.
I saw another small piece of shell not larger than my hand.
, of the Georgia Battalion, who is stationed at Sewell's Point
, informed, me that nobody was hurt, and that little harm should be done at the distance of four or five miles. Our boys, in the meantime, will stand firm by their battery.
An amusing chase took place between one of our tug-boats and old Abe's steamer Cataline, on Sunday, near Newport News, the latter flying at full speed and the Confederate steamer Empire
close behind her. The Cataline
received one or two shots, and would have been captured by the daring conduct of Capt. Parrish
, had not the guns of the Cumberland
been brought to bear upon her.
Three suspicious individuals were taken up to-day and are undergoing a trial in Norfolk
, I suppose they will be dismissed, as they purport to be deserters and from Fortress Monroe
This is what I heard.