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Doc. 177.-attack on Sewell's point, May 19, 1861. The following is the official report of the action between the United States war-steamer Star and the Sewell's Point battery, on the 19th inst. United States steamer Star, May 19, 1861. flag officer S. H. Stringham, Commander of the Home Squadron:-- From the time I reported to you yesterday I kept a strict watch on the movements of the enemy in and about the Sewell's Point battery. Several noises were heard during the night, but not dthe Monticello, stationed off the point. The Kahokee perceiving from certain demonstrations on the part of the Monticello that it would be unsafe to proceed to her destination, landed her men at Boush's bluff, a point some two miles this side of Sewell's, where a small battery had been erected. This had hardly been accomplished, before the Monticello steamed up and fired two shots, both of which passed over the tug without inflicting any damage. The fire was responded to by the battery at Bou
eadership of Mr. ZZZFen. G. Barker of Augusta, accompanies the regiment. A full drum corps is also attached. Col. Howard is a graduate of West Point, and until recently was Professor of Mathematics in the West Point Academy. He says he was fifteen or twenty minutes behind time at Augusta and at Boston, but that he should endeavor to be more punctual in his departure from New York. Such prompt action will astonish the laggards in New York, who are usually three or four hours behind. Major Sewell of Portland accompanies the regiment, by the instructions of the Governor of the State of Maine. The regiment is fully armed and equipped, and have tents and camp equipage. The uniform is Canada gray throughout. The march through Broadway was enthusiastically cheered by those who had courage enough to brave the storm. At 5 o'clock the regiment left for Philadelphia via Camden and Amboy. For the purpose of going through Baltimore respectably, the Colonel ordered the men to be supplied