Durrettsville, Richmond County, Va., May 21, 1861.
The blockade in the mouth of Rappahannock River
is kept up strictly, and innumerable and petty annoyances and alarms disturb the peace and quiet of the citizens of the Northern Neck
On Friday last a steam-tug made several landings along the river, and at one point secured a pilot with a determination to capture the Smith's Point
light-boat, which was moored up Mill Creek
The purpose of the enemy was not discovered in time to prevent their going up and fastening on to the light-boat, but as soon as it was known, about twenty-five of the citizens, with arms, hastened to the shore, headed by Capt. Stakes
, of Lancaster county
, and attacked the tug, containing about 200 men; the fire was returned by the enemy, but without effect.
Several of the robbers were seen to fall, and if the citizens had received notice in time, they would have prevented the recapture of the light boat.
Shots were fired at them all along the Creek
as they passed out, and if they show their heads again, the Lancaster
boys will give them a warm reception. W. H. C.