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The fight with the Albemarle. One of the most remarkable naval conflicts of this or any other war — a single-handed encounter between a delicate river steamer and a most formidable iron-clad --occurred on the 5th of May, 1864, in Albemarle sound, about twenty miles below the mouth of the Roanoke river. On the afternoon of that day, three side-wheel gunboats, the Mattabesett, Sassacus, and Wyalusing, were lying at anchor in the sound, awaiting the appearance of the Albemarle, a most formidable rebel iron-clad ram, whose recent exploits in sinking two of our gunboats, near Plymouth, rendered the prolonged occupation of the sound by our forces somewhat uncertain and problematical. To the three vessels above named had been especially assigned the duty of encountering and, if possible, destroying this dreaded iron monster; and, on the afternoon in question, an advance-guard of picket boats, comprising four or five of the smaller vessels of the Union fleet, with the Miami, had been s