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ent engagements of the war. We copy from the Mercury, of Tuesday, the subjoined particulars: A little before noon, yesterday, our city was thrown into a state of feverish excitement by the vague tidings that there had been bloody work at Secessionville, on James's Island. From the first, the news was of an encouraging character, inasmuch as we were assured that a mere handful of our brave troops had repulsed a heavy column of the enemy, thrown forward to assault the battery at SecessionvilSecessionville, manned by a portion of Colonel Lamar's regiment of artillery, S. C. V. From the various accounts which we have received we have collated the following facts-in- relation to the battle: The advance of the enemy. About dawn yesterday morning our pickets in front of Lamar's battery were driven in, and almost simultaneously the enemy's column was seen some four hundred yards off, advancing with the bayonet, at double-quick, to the assault. Our troops, within the battery, had been hard a