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a large number of shot and shell, as well as many other articles of value stationed at the Navy-Yard, Craney Island, Sewell's Point, and other places. John E. Wool, Major-General Commanding New-York times account. Ocean view, opposite Fortroops was embarked upon the transports lying in the Roads, and all preparations were made with a view to a landing on Sewell's Point during Thursday night. Several of our vessels were sent to shell the Point during the preceding day, and as you have idnight several of them had started for the opposite shore. A vigorous bombardment was opened from the Rip Raps upon Sewell's Point, and kept up for two hours, to induce the belief that this was the intended point of debarkation. The steamers crossd artillery, cavalry, and infantry, and will soon be prepared to start. The Rip Raps are pouring shot and shell into Sewell's Point, and a bright light in the direction of Norfolk indicates that the work of destruction has commenced. President Li
d entirely prevent the enemy's ascending it. Gen. Huger, commanding at Norfolk, on learning that I had received this order, called on me and declared that its execution would oblige him to abandon immediately his forts on Craney Island, at Sewell's Point, and their guns to the enemy. I informed him that, as the order was imperative, I must execute it, but stated that he should telegraph you and state the consequences. He did so, and on the sixth instant you telegraphed me to endeavor to affgun-shot, the enemy ceased firing, and retired with all speed under the protection of the guns of the fortress, followed by the Virginia, until the shells from the Rip Raps passed over her. The Virginia was then placed at her moorings near Sewell's Point, and I returned to Norfolk to hold the conference referred to. It was held on the ninth, and the officers pressent were, Col. Anderson and Capt.----, of the army, selected by Gen. Huger, who was too unwell to attend himself; and of the nav
ached the channel, and taken possession of Sewell's Point, and the Dacotah fired a shot towards Cranot from the Dacotah struck on the beach at Sewell's Point. A third also fell short. 12.20 o'clockast, and are approaching Craney Island and Sewell's Point. The Dacotah stops and fires every few minutes, alternately at Sewell's Point and Craney Island, the enemy making no reply, although the ball the Seminole and Susquehanna open fire on Sewell's Point, and two shots are fired from the Point, aclock.--The rebels are firing rapidly from Sewell's Point, principally at the Monitor, whilst a contp Raps also threw an occasional shell into Sewell's Point. 12.50 o'clock.--The Susquehanna, Dacot half ahead of the vessels. The guns from Sewell's Point fall short of the regular fleet, and many firing. The enemy is firing briskly from Sewell's Point at the Monitor, and the shells are fallinge. The Rip Rap battery has the range from Sewell's Point most perfectly. 2.45 o'clock.--The rebe[11 more...]
. Smith, Capt. H. C. Fuller. Got, at six P. M., the armaments of two rifled three-inch Parrot guns and one mountain-howitzer on board, and started at once for Fort Wool, to take Capt. Lee, Ninety-ninth New-York volunteers, and his command on board. As part of the men and stores were at Sewell's Point barracks, the tug was made fast for the night, it being not thought advisable to venture further in the darkness. On the twelfth, at four A. M., we got under way; arrived at five P. M. at Sewell's Point, got the men and stores on board, and had to return to Fortress Monroe to take an additional quantity of coal, also some shells for the rifled guns. At ten P. M. we got under way for the mouth of the Nansemond; passed Pig Point battery at seven o'clock P. M.; ran up the river about four miles; got aground on a sand bank at low-tide, and had to wait till return of high-water. I tried to collect all the information I could from some negroes dredging for oysters, and some contrabands comi