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United States gunboat Miami, off mouth of Roanoke River, May 6.
We have just passed through the second engagement with that ugly little ram, the Albemarle.
Yesterday afternoon, at two o'clock, the ram, consorted by the steamer Cotton Planter and the Bombshell, which last they sunk at the attack on Plymouth and afterward raised, made its appearance at the mouth of the river.
We retreated slowly, and they followed.
Captain French sent the steamer Massassoit ahead to inform the remainder of the fleet.
At four o'clock they came in sight, running up at full speed.
When the rebel fleet saw our reenforcements they tried to back out; but it was no go, as some of our vessels can steam eighteen knots, while the ram can make but eight or nine.
At half-past 4 we fired the first gun — our one hundred pounder rifle.
That was the signal for the commencement of a most furious cannonading, which lasted over three hours. T