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The Late engagement near Norfolk. A correspondent, writing from Sewell's Paiz, corrects some misstatements in regard to the engagement of December 29th, in which the steamer Sea Bird acted such a brilliant and conspicuous part. There were, he says, only two shots from Craney Island, while from the Sewell's Point batteries there were twenty-one shots in all--twenty of which were fired by the Manchester Artillery. It is not known what effect was produced, for the enemy's steamers were so far down that our firing must necessarily have been very uncertain; but it is supposed they were struck some two or three times. The enemy fired some fifty or sixty shells, without doing any further injury than demolishing a hen house in the neighborhood and killing a quiet and domestic old hen that had gone into winter quarters. "It is almost unnecessary to add (writes our correspondent) that every man on the ground was promptly at his gun, and that we will always be prepared to give them a hea