Yankee vessels hugging the Maryland Shore — firing upon our batteries — fight among the Federals--a &c.
[correspondence of the Richmond Dispatch]
The last week has passed without any very important events, and except the occasional attempt of a sail to pass, we would spend a very dull time, but every favorable breeze some small craft will pass by hugging (very affectionately) the Maryland
shore, not, however, without having a few shots fired at them, which is very interesting to witness they always go by . They started.
Monday, several satis started up, when they were in range the batteries opened upon the largest, and fired eight or ten rounds, two running to take effect, one in her stern, the other in her bow. While the firing was going on, the Yankee
battery, which is opposite to No. 2 battery on our side, opened upon said battery and fired three rounds, all of her shots falling short.
Having been annoyed by their impudence once or twice before, they deed three shots from No. 2 gun, North Point Battery, the first ball passed over and struck some distance beyond them, the second struck in their battery, and the other very near it. It would have done you good to have seen the rascals running in every direction, every one no doubt thinking that the ball would strike him. They were taken with the same disease that they had at Bull Run
Nature will have, her way.
We are getting very near to old Abels now — near enough to carry on conversation with them.
Monday evening they got to talking with the North
Point Battery boys.
Our boys asked them if they came by Bull Run
Their answer was "go to hell. " "Where do you expect to your winner ? ". Answer, "In Fredericksburg
" "Was you very hard." "God pillows"
The that we are very in want of clothing and provisions seems to prevail among them.
They wanted to know if we didn't want some trowsels and something to eat. The boys go out every morning and evening to have a with them.
Yesterday evening, about 2 o'clock a balloon was to ascend about 80 feet in a northeasterly direction from here.
After staying up for a short time it was battled town, and again about sunset it was seen to ascend, and continued on its upward flight until it was too dark to see it. Their object is doubtless to ascertain the position and strength of our forces here.
There is but one way for them to find that out, and I guess they are afraid to try that way having found to their sorrow that we always have enough to make them take the double-quick are a back to where they started.
To-day have been a remarkably quiet one.
There are three or four steamer lying below, and as many above.