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Engagement at Sewell's Point.
spirited firing on both Sides.
a Federal steamer Disabled.
[Special Correspondence of the Dispatch.]

Norfolk May 20, 1861.
The steamer ‘"Kahukee,"’ while attending to some errands at Boush's Bluff, about one o'clock on Saturday, was fired at by the steamer Monticello of the blockading fleet.-- She first fired a blank cartridge across the bow of the Kahukee, to warn her to lay to, which she disregarded and ran immediately under the guns of Capt. Young's battery at Boush's Bluff. The Monticello then fired a shot, which did not take effect. Captain Young's battery then fired one or two shots at the Monticello, one of which it is believed struck her. The Monticello then backed out, and running down to Sewell's Point, a short distance below, opened her fire, and after firing about twenty or more guns she left. As there were no persons present at the place upon which she wasted so much powder and ball, of course no one was injured.

The Monticello, accompanied by two small steamers, made another attempt to demolish the works on Sewell's Point, yesterday (Sunday) afternoon, about 5 o'clock, but met with no better success than she did on the day previous, in fact, this time she caught a Tartar. The battery returned her fire with spirit, and considerable effect. The Monticello was moored at only a short distance from the battery, and threw shot, chain shot and shell, rapidly into it, but without doing the least injury to the fort, or anybody in it; in fact ‘"nobody was hurt,"’ while on the contrary, the guns from the battery it is supposed done considerable damage to the Monticello. Five shot — some say six--thrown from the battery are known to have pierced her; one striking near her bow, passed through and through her another striking her amid ship, is supposed to have done the same, while one cut away the flag-staff of one of the small steamers that had dared to venture a little nearer.

The Monticello, after a little while, careened over to one side, which was caused, it is thought, by the removal of the guns, or some other weight, to one side, in order to prevent her from sinking. She then, in company with the two small steamers, hauled off and made their way towards Fort Monroe, thinking they had got enough, and perhaps a little more than they had anticipated.

It was not ascertained whether any was killed or wounded on board of the Monticello Several were seen to fall at the firing of one of the guns from the battery — whether it was to dodge the shot, or whether they were struck by it, is not known. Perhaps they will return to-day and let us know; if so, you will hear from me to-morrow.

Another fresh arrival of troops came this morning — a few of them occasionally drop in.

Saturday morning, over three hundred soldiers, as fine as the world ever saw, arrived from that glorious Cockade town, Petersburg, and again last evening, one of the finest companies of cavalry from the same place. This company, in command of Captain Fisher, is certainly the best I ever saw. They are all mounted upon splendid horses, and every man of them fully equipped with a carbine, cavalry sword, and brace of six rifle barrel shooters. Some have even more than this. Every one is capable of firing thirteen, some eighteen shots; and then, if he has not time to reload, can draw his sword, and deal death and destruction to the foe.

R. A. Worrell, Esq., our City Collector, died yesterday morning at 3 o'clock, after a long and painful attack of consumption. A few months since he lost a daughter, a most accomplished and charming young lady, in the full bloom of health and beauty, by that (almost in every case) fatal disease, diptheria.--Since that time he has been falling off, and rapidly fading away until this morning, when he was removed to a world which, I hope and believe, will prove his eternal gain. His friends and surviving relatives may rest assured they have our heartfelt sympathies.

Major Wool has received orders to proceed to Fort Monroe, and at once take command there, in place of Col. Dimmick. Powder.

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