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The fight commenced at Charleston.

heavy firing on both Sides — attempt to Bestrew Sumter — the "Ironsides" disabled and "Keokuk" sunk — Slight less on the Confederate Side,&c., &c.



Charleston. April 7.
--The attack commenced at 3 o'clock this afternoon. Four iron clads out of seven in the Yankee fleet were engaged. Heavy firing took place from them and from Forts Sumter and Moultrie and Morris Island. The Ironsides was hit and run ashore, but got off and was carried out of range. The engagement is going on at half-past 5 P. M.


[Second Dispatch.]
further Particulars.

Charleston, April 7.
--at 2 o'clock this afternoon nine Monitors and the frigate Ironsides crossed the bar-and steamed in towards Fort Sumter. At three o'clock they opened fire at a distance of three thousand yards. Forts Sumter and Moultrie and the batteries at Sullivan's and Morris's Islands replied with spirit. At half-past 2 o'clock the firing became very rapid and almost incessant until five, when it gradually diminished, and is now heard only at long intervals.

Their fire was concentrated upon Sumter. The Ironsides and the Keokuk withdrew from the contest at half past 4 o'clock, apparently disabled.--Fort Sumter is uninjured. The enemy's fire killed one man.

Incense excitement prevails in the city, but everybody is confident of our triumph. The battery promenade is crowded with soldiers, viewing the fight.

Our iron-clads have gone out to take part in the melee. At this hour there is a full in the firing.


[Third Dispatch.]

Charleston, April 7.
--There has been no filling since half past 5 o'clock. It is certain that the Keckuk and Ironsides were badly injured. All the Monitors were frequently hit, with results unknown. Fort Sumter was the chief aim of all the iron-clads. Our calamities were as follows: One boy killed and five men badly wounded in Sumter; and one gun dismounted in Moultrie, and one man wounded. The other batteries are not heard from.

So far our success is most gratifying. We expect a renewal of the attack at any moment. Occasional guns are now heard.


[Fourth Dispatch.]

Charleston April 8--10 A. M.
--The enemy have made no renewal of the attack on Fort Sumter. An official dispatch, just received from Sumter, announces that the Montank, the most formidable of the Monitors and possessing two turreted, has been sunk off Morris Island. [The latest official dispatches indicate that the sunken Monitor is the Keokuk.]

Charleston, April 8--1.30 P. M.

To Gen. S. Cooper:
Seven turreted iron-clads and the Ironsides are within the bar--twenty-two blockading vessels off the bar. The Keokuk is certainly sunk on the beach off Morris Island. No disposition is apparent to renew the conflict.

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