July 3, 1861
Later from Washington
Star of Wednesday evening puts down the total number of troops which have
arrived there at 48,845, exclusive of recruits, numbering about 2,000, and
several independent companies, so that the aggregate is over 50,000, without
counting regulars, marines and District of Columbia troops, the latter about
4,000 strong. If this is true, the total
aggregate of troops already on that line amounts to between fifty-six and
ENGAGEMENT AT MATHIAS’ POINT
The Star has the
PAWNEE, POTOMAC RIVER
June 25, 1861
ship, commanded by Commander Rowan, accompanied by the tender, James Guy, left Acquia Creek this morning for Mathias’ Point, carrying
Capt. Woodbury, U. S. Engineers, and Capt. Palmer, U. S. Topographical
Engineers, to make a reconnaissance there, to learn whether batteries were or
were not being erected there.
5 A. M. Capt. Rowan sent an expedition of 40 men, sailors and marines, ashore
in two boats, in charge of Lieut. Chapin and Master Blue, all under Capt.
Woodbury’s command. As the steamer
approached the enemy showed themselves in considerable numbers, but they
scampered over the hills when the ship directed a few shells against them, and
they were kept in check by an occasional shell while the expedition was ashore,
enabling it to complete its work unmolested.
Its sailors captured two horses, saddled and bridled, compelling the
riders to seek safety in flight. One of
our men received a slight wound in the wrist from a revolver shot.
the reconnaissance the Pawnee threw thirty shell, which kept the enemy in
check, though their reported force there is six hundred men, one hundred or
more mounted. The party that landed saw
the enemy’s camp from Grimes’ house on the hill; and having on their own return
to the Pawnee pointed out its direction, Com. Rowan put the ship in a proper
position within the shoal, and shelled it, completely dispersing the camp, and
setting fire to something behind the hill.
A negro man came off to the ship and gave information that two hundred
of the enemy are kept constantly on the beach, and the remainder in the camp.