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never before been in action, the Portsmouth Rifles were remarkably cool and self-possessed, and, after a few rounds, got the range of the enemy, and fired admirably well. Every officer and man behaved in the most spirited and creditable manner, and were so regardless of danger that I had often to interpose my authority to prevent their exposing themselves unnecessarily to the enemy's fire. The action lasted about fifteen or twenty minutes. I am, very respectfully, Your ob't servant, R. B. Pegram, Commander Virginia Navy Commandant's Office,Naval Defences of the Potomac,Aquia Creek, June 6, 1861. Sir: In my report of the engagements with this battery, I am not certain of having stated that, on Friday, Walker's battery of four three-inch rifled guns opened fire from an eminence in our rear; and, although their shot fell short, they evidently diverged a portion of the fire of the enemy. On Saturday, one of the four guns was placed in battery here, and was well a