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s purpose. The Confederates are evidently landing a large body of troops at a point seven miles above Newport News, on the same side of the James river. Steamers come down the river daily, and an attack from that quarter is anticipated. The Federal troops are ready for them at Newport News, however, and the strong battery erected by poor Greble will avenge Great Bethel. The experiment with Sawyer's American rifled cannon at the Rip Raps last evening, was a brilliant success. Sewell's Point is clearly within range of this tremendous projectile. Seven of the eleven 48-po-pound shells exploded a short distance from the Confederate camp, and one of them over their entrenchments. It created a decided sensation among the Secessionists. A house near the Secession banner displayed a white flag. There is a grand parade of six regiments this afternoon near the fortress. There is much dissatisfaction in Col. Allen's regiment. Charges have been preferred mutually by the
ccupiedly by Federal troops, with several pieces of cannon--one a rifle piece which threw yesterday, shell towards the camps of our troops stationed at Sewell's Battery — I saw a sugar-loaf shaped concern, about eight inches long, (weighing thirty good pounds, I suppose,) that was brought to Nor-folk this morning which did not explode It is a dangerous looking missile. I saw another small piece of shell not larger than my hand. Capt. Dayal, of the Georgia Battalion, who is stationed at Sewell's Point, informed, me that nobody was hurt, and that little harm should be done at the distance of four or five miles. Our boys, in the meantime, will stand firm by their battery. An amusing chase took place between one of our tug-boats and old Abe's steamer Cataline, on Sunday, near Newport News, the latter flying at full speed and the Confederate steamer Empire close behind her. The Cataline received one or two shots, and would have been captured by the daring conduct of Capt. Parrish, ha