On the Potomac, U.S. Navy gunboats shell the railroad depot at Aquia Creek, Virginia
05/29/1861 to 06/01/1861
On the Potomac, the U.S.S. Thomas Freeborn opened fire on the Aquia Creek depot of the Richmond, Fredericksburg, and Potomac Railroad. The shelling went on over the next three days, with the U.S.S. Anacosta and other gunboats joining the action, and Confederate batteries answering. On June 1, 1861, the sloop U.S.S. Pawnee joined in a further five hours of heavy fire. Neither side suffered serious casualties. (By John Osborne)
Frank Moore, ed., The Rebellion Record: A Diary of American Events, with Documents, Narratives, Illustrative Incidents, Poetry, Etc. (New York: G.P.Putnam, 1861), I: 88-89.