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From the North. [The following interesting statement of the great naval battle in Hampton Roads was prepared for Monday's paper, but unavoidably postponed until this morning. It was furnished to the New York World by A. B. Smith, pilot on board the Cumberland at the time of the battle, and is by far the most candid account that has yet been received from a Yankee source.] The battle of Hampton Roads. On Saturday morning the U. S. sloop-of war Cumberland laid off in the Roads at Newport News, about 800 yards from the shore, the Congress being 200 yards south of us. The morning was mild and pleasant, and the day opened without any note worthy incident. About 11 o'clock a dark looking object was descried coming around Craney Island, through Norfolk channel, and proceeding straight in our direction. It was instantly recognized as the Merrimac. We had been on the lookout for her for sometime, and were as well prepared then as we could have been at any other time, or as we