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The burning of Hampton.Gen. Magruder's movements. [special Dispatch to the Richmond Dispatch.] Great Bethel,Va., August 10 --Hampton was burnt last Wednesday night by our forces under Gen. Magruder. Every house, including the Colonial Church, (the oldest on the continent,) was destroyed. The Federal pickets in the town were driven out by the Virginia Cavalry and Infantry, and five of them were killed. One of our men is slightly wounded in the cheek. The torch was applied by Virginians and citizens of Hampton. All the property, except that previously removed, was destroyed. For three days Gen. Magruder offered battle in front of Newport News, showing himself plainly; but the enemy refused to come out, though twice our numbers. Our camp was within two miles of the enemy's entrenchments, and in sight of his ships, where we could have been shelled. Not the slightest demonstration was made, however. There was little use in our attacking the entrenchments, from the