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Report of Major-General D. H. Hill.
Headquarters division, December 24, 1862. Captain A. S. Pendleton, A. A. G.:
Captain: I have the honor to report the operations of my command around Fredericksburg.
On the third December my division was sent to Port Royal, to prevent the crossing of the Yankees at or near that point.
Four Yankee gunboats were then lying opposite the town.
Rifle-pits were constructed above the town on the night of the fourth, to prevent the pirates from ascending; and Hardaway's Whitworth gun was placed on Jack's Hill, some three miles below the town, and his remaining two guns, with Carter's Parrott's, were placed on the hill due west of the town.
Hardaway opened upon the gunboats about three o'clock, on the fifth instant.
Finding the fire too hot for them, they fled back to town, where they were sheltered from Carter's fire.
Hardaway continued to pelt them; and, to stop his fire, (as is supposed,) the ruffi