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The steel of Charleston.

--One Hundred and Seventy-Nine-Day.--The year closed in Charleston harbor with one of those acts of courtesy on the port of the Yankees of which they are coldess guilty. Just about sunset of the 31st, they fired two shots over Sumter, and of the report of the Fort's evening gun they dipped their flag in respect.

On the morning of January 1st it was discovered that the Wabash had rifted a quarter of a salle to the northward and eastward of Lighthouse Inc. She had probably drugged her anchor during the gale which had been blowing all night.

On Saturday the enemy was busy both at Gross and Wagner. At Wagner among other things, he rained a new flag staff, while at Gregg an embracive was out bearing on the city.

Two gunboats, one having three bags in filled with men, and a with two in

also filled with men, were observed on Saturday morning coming from the northward, apparently from a reconnaissance of Long Island. It is reported that these barges had entered Dewee's inlet.

On the same day there was a brief artillery duel between Battery Tatum and Black Island.

Everything was quiet on Sunday, until between the hours of 3 and 4 o'clock, when the enemy opened upon the city, throwing 12 shells, most of which failed to explode.

The fleet were reported, on the 3d inst, as follows: The Ironsides, four monitors, two mortar boats, four wooden gunboats (one of these not observed before,) three tugs, and fourteen sailing vessels inside the bar, eleven crafts of nations kinds in Lighthouse Inlet, three blockaders in front, (one a three-masted vessel,) one fug and two schooners to the northeast, and one huge transport and a schooner in the offing. It was suspected that the two schooners to the northeast were engaged in surveying in that direction.--Charleston Mercury.

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