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schooner, doing good execution. The tugs were covered by the schooners, and were not subject to the fire directly, but it soon became so severe that they cut loose from the vessels and succeeded in making their escape up the river. Both were very badly injured, one of them so badly that it sunk a few miles above the batteries. The schooners were completely riddled, and were deserted by their crews. As soon as the firing ceased, long boats were sent out, and the two vessels towed into Quantico creek, where they now lie discharging cargo. One was laden with wood; the other with 433 bales of flue hay, 500 barrels cement, and a quantity of elegant furniture, including one piano. The firing from the batteries was very good, and the practicability of preventing vessels passing without serious injury fully demonstrated. Capt. Chatard, of the Navy, has been put in charge of these batteries by order of Gen. Trimble. He has the force well systematized, and by carefully selecting the