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slow, the Gordon, of Charleston, Captain Lockwood, armed with three guns, a fine large steamer. She returned this morning with a prize brig, laden with three hundred and sixty hogsheads of molasses. We have also a saucy-looking little pilot schooner, the Florida, mounting one six-pound rifled cannon. She captured a prize two days since, took her crew out, and sent her in with her own men. A United States Government steamer gave chase to the prize, and they were obliged to beach her near Nag's Head. She of course is a total loss. Yours, respectfully, Major W. Beverhow Thompson, Chief Engineer Department Coast Defence. As I have stated, the relative position of the two batteries was a serious injury to the defensive capacity of the position, in the second engagement. The armament was very deficient, and this appears to have been a source of constant anxiety to the commanding officer; but the ordnance department writes him that all the heavy guns stolen at Norfolk have been ta