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in-arms in the works had the sailors been properly supported. We have lost about two hundred men in killed and wounded, and amongst them some gallant officers. I regret to announce the death of Lieutenant S. W. Preston and Lieutenant R. H. Porter. They were both captured together in the attack on Fort Sumter, and died together in endeavoring to pull down the flag that has so long flaunted in our faces. Lieutenant R. H. Lamsin was severely wounded. He was lately associated with Lieutenant Preston in his perilous adventure with the powder boat. Lieutenant George M. Bache and a number of others were wounded, the former not dangerously. The assault only took place a few hours ago, and I am unable to inform you of our casualties. They are quite severe from the assault, but we had no casualties from the enemy's cannon. Knowing the importance of the Department receiving news from Fort Fisher, I have written these few hurried lines. No one can conceive what the army and n