HEADQUARTERS FORCES OF VIRGINIA,
Norfolk, Va., June 6 , 1861.
SIR: The steamer Harriet was occupied yesterday in reconnoitering our battery at Pig Point, mouth of the Nansemond River, and this morning took up a position and opened fire upon the battery, doing but little damage and injuring no one. The battery replied, and after firing some twenty shots the steamer hauled off suddenly and proceeded to Old Point.
Very respectfully, your obedient servant,
Major-General R.E. LEE,
Commanding forces of Virginia.
P. S.—One gun, a 32-pounder, burst, without injuring any one. I have sent two to replace it.
Official Records of the Union and Confederate Navies in the War of the Rebellion. Series I, Vol. 5. Washington: Government Printing Office, 1897.