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d but few other places, had ever before witnessed. The illumination was so great that it was distinctly seen by the United States steamer Mercedita when over forty miles at sea. All our batteries were engaged, and did their work admirably. Fort McRae, which had been so roughly handled by our squadron and Battery Scott at the last engagement, appeared to have resumed its accustomed vigor, for it kept up a constant fire throughout the engagement. Several of the squadron were present, but t I can not see what benefit can accrue from these bombardments, especially when we have no force to follow up any advantage we may gain. Colonel Brown is of opinion that had he five thousand additional troops, he could take the navy-yard and Forts McRae and Barrancas. Perhaps he might, but it remains to be seen if he can. I should think that he would wait until the required force arrived before commencing active operations of any kind. One thing is certain, the forts and batteries now in po