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The fight at Port Royal.

particulars of the engagement — brilliant conduct of Com. Tatnall's fleet — the Savannah has two Balls shot through her, &c., &c.

Savannah, Nov. 7.
--The steamer Resolute, of the Confederate fleet, came up at eleven o'clock last night, to coal. She brought correct particulars of the operations at Port Royal up to the hour of her departure. It appears that the report of a Federal steamer being disabled. and another one being aground, is incorrect.

On Monday afternoon Commodore Tatuall, with his little fleet, went within a mile of the Federal squadron, and engaged them for nearly an hour, until they came within reach of the guns at Port Royal, when he retired, and allowed the latter to open on them. The engagement lasted until evening, with what result it is impossible at present to ascertain. The Commodore again sallied out to a point about three-quarters of a mile from the enemy's fleet, when a fierce engagement of forty minutes ensued. The enemy fired rifle shot and shell, which fell about us in great profusion. Two shots passed through the Savannah without serious damage to the vesica, and nobody on board was injured.

Parties at Port Royal say that seven shots from our fleet took effect on the Federal vessels. The latter coming in closer, our fleet retired.

On yesterday all was quiet. It was reported, however, that the Federals were landing at Hunting Island. About 7 o'clock last night firing was again heard at Port Royal, and warm work was anticipated.

[second Dispatch.]
heavy firing — terrible fighting at Beaufort, & C.

Augusta, Nov. 7,
P. M.--Special dispatches to the newspapers of Augusta from Savannah, dated to-day, state that heavy and rapid firing has been heard all the forenoon.

A report from Beaufort, dated 10½ o'clock this morning, states that a terrible fight is progressing at Bay Point. The result is unknown.

[third Dispatch.]
Confederate batteries dismounted, &c.

Savannah, Nov. 7.
--8 o'clock, P. M.--Seven Federal vessels passed the batteries at Bay Point this morning. After getting inside, they opened fire on Hilton Head. The batteries at the latter point returned the fire. Several guns were dismounted on our batteries. The result to the Federal vessels is unknown.

The firing ceased at dark, but it is expected that the enemy will attempt a landing tonight, when warm work may be expected.

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