Firing on the Potomac.
On Thursday morning last, a Federal steamer, supposed to be the old Mount Verson, which has been razed, anchored off Boyd
's Hole, below Pratt's Point
, on the Potomac
, as supposed for the purpose of reconnoitering.
, finding that she was only about two miles distant from his battery, concluded to have a little artillery practice, and accordingly-opened fire on her about 9 o'clock. He fired some fifteen or twenty rounds, and, as near as could be ascertained struck the steamer three times.
She responded feebly and without effect, her projectiles failing to reach the shore.--Some of the shots from the battery ricocheted most beautifully, and landed on the Maryland
side, full three miles distant. The steamer, finding the locality somewhat dangerous, drew off as hastily as possible, and vented her spite by shelling an old vacant house some distance below, but did no damage whatever.
Two Federal steamers came down the river the same day, directly after the firing, and anchored off the Maryland
shore opposite Pratt's Point
. One of them took seven companies on board and returned up the river and the other remained there at last accounts.
These facts we learn from a gentleman who witnessed the cannonade.
There was firing from the Evansport
batteries on two or three occasions last week.
We regret to learn that three soldiers were injured by the bursting of a gun at that point on Monday.