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The firing Thursday night.
supposed Heavy damage to the enemy's fleet in James river.
commotion in McClellan's camp.
Disappearance of the fleet.
&c. &c. &c.

Petersburg, August 1st.
--A large force of artillery, including many heavy siege guns, having been placed in position at and below Coggin's Point, yesterday, and sighted, opened on McClellan's fleet and camp this morning at 1 o'clock. The firing continued fiercely for two hours. The enemy's gunboats replied very feebly, doing no damage.

At the first round from our guns every light in the fleet was extinguished. Heavy damage is supposed to have been inflicted. A great crashing was heard in the river, whether from our balls the vessels colliding is unknown. The enemy was evidently greatly alarmed.

The entire fleet had disappeared this morning at daylight, and such of McClellan's camp as was visible seemingly in great commotion. One man was killed on our side, and six wounded; two belonging to the Page battery badly; all caused by an accident to one of our guns. All quiet to-day.


[Second Dispatch.]

Petersburg. August 1st, P. M.
--The casualties last night were Wm. F. Dalton, of Louisa, killed; Thomas Farquhar, of Richmond, severely wounded in thigh; Patrick Graham, of Richmond, slightly in left shoulder, all of Dabney's battery. Also, H. Thacker, of Hanover, both hands mangled and subsequently amputated, and John Brooks, of Hanover, shockingly burned — both of Page's battery. --Four others were very slightly wounded.

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