Doc. 69. affair at Chincoteague Inlet.
Lieutenant Murray's report.
United States steamer Louisiana, Chincoteague Inlet, Va., October 5, 1861.this morning at nine o'clock we had a sharp conflict with the enemy, who, three hundred strong, attempted to cut off two boats from this vessel and twenty-three men, all told, which I had despatched to take or destroy a fine schooner which, I had reason to believe, was being converted into a privateer. Fortunately I had gone in with the steamer at the same time, it being high tide, and was enabled to cover the return of the party. The boats, after passing through a terrible fire, finally reached the schooner; but, finding her aground, made a breastwork of her and opened a deadly fire, which, with the assistance of a few shots from our long-range gun, drove the enemy back to a distant cover with loss, and the boats, after firing the schooner, returned without further molestation. Acting-master Furness estimates the loss of the rebels to be at least eight in killed and wounded, as he saw that number carried off. Our loss was one seriously wounded, Acting-master Hooker, and three very slightly. I have but praise to bestow on those engaged in the boats for their coolness and intrepidity when assailed by such overwhelming odds. They were yet some three hundred yards from the schooner when fired upon, but they preferred pushing on and returning through it, rather than fail in accomplishing their object. During the reconnoissance, last night, two of their despatch sloops were captured.