Suffolk Christian Sun
December 6, 1861
On Monday morning
last, everybody in this section was aroused by the booming of cannon after
cannon in the direction of Smithfield. The firing continued without any cessation
for about four hours. During the day we
learned that on Saturday night three or four gun boats from Old Point had gone
up to the mouth of Pagan Creek, and remained there, supposing to prevent a
little steamer at Smithfield from going out.
The Patrick Henry was sent down and attacked them. The fight continued for sometime, when the
gunboats retreated to Newport News,
being pursued by the Confederate steamer.
Rumor says that one of the gunboats was seriously injured,
whether any harm was done to the Patrick Henry is unknown.
by Sharon Strout]