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of their captors, the writers hope for a speedy release through an exchange of prisoners. The details of the battle contained in the letters add nothing to what is already known. We make the following extracts, however: Letter from Lieut, Hooper. After we lost the day there was no alternative left but to surrender or swim the river, but in so doing we would have left the company in the hands of the enemy. We concluded we would be taken prisoners rather than leave our commands, althor extras we will form messes and get whatever we can as long as our money holds out. The drawing setting apart certain prisoners to be dealt with in the same manner as the captured privateersmen at the North, took place on the 10th inst. Lieut. Hooper says that the prisoners are of the opinion that the privateersmen will not be hung. Letter from Wm. C. Harris. * * * My prison associates are gentlemen from nearly every State in the North and West, whose heels or heads could not pre