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The First attack on Sewell's Point battery.a Northern account. The following account of the first engagement at Sewell's Point, on Saturday last, is from the Washington Republican, (Government organ.) It is about as wide of the mark as were the balls from the Federal steamer, so far as the effect of the assault is concerned : Hampton Roads and their neighborhood are lively with business. Saturday witnessed the actual opening of the war on the part of the United States--the assault upon the battery at Sewell's Point, the exterior of a line of batteries which guard the Elizabeth river, the approach to Norfolk. There are seven batteries now in position, all protected by scientifically constructed works. The heaviest is that at Craney Island, mounting thirty guns. Two batteries farther inland mount twelve and fifteen guns, respectively. The remaining batteries are provided with from seven to ten guns each. These guns are a part of the spoils of the navy-yard at Norfolk, whi