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Doc. 118.-fight at the passes.

A correspondent of the New-York Herald gives the following account of the fight:

United States flagship Hartford, head of the passes, Mississippi River, April 4, 1862.
Since my last letter I have been engaged in voyaging between this ship and those on the bar at South-west Pass, watching with interest the efforts which have been made to get the heavy draught vessels into the river. The Mississippi, Iroquois, and Oneida have come in, but the Pensacola is still outside, trying to come up. I think a little more tugging will bring her in also. The Connecticut is here with a meagre mail for us; but she brings us intelligence of the sad disasters in Hampton Roads, which we were afraid at first was of a more doleful character.

To-day we have been eye-witnesses of a start little brush between the gunboat Kineo and the flag-ship of the rebel flotilla. The scene of the skirmish was a few miles above us, and most of the firing could be witnessed from our topgallant forecastle. Just before noon a steamer appeared in sight at the point above us, steaming down the river. We noticed immediately that she was a stranger, and that she wore the blue flag of the admiral of the rebels. She was a large and powerful side-wheel boat, painted black, and had two masts. At the main waved the stars and bars. Signals were immediately thrown out from the Brooklyn (Capt. Alden being the senior officer here, the flag-officer being at the bar) to chase the enemy. The Kineo and Iroquois immediately proceeded to execute the order. The rebel boat came down a short distance, and stopped his engine to await the arrival of our gunboats. As soon as the Kineo — she being the fastest boat of the two--got within range she fired a rifled gun at the defiant admiral, but missed the mark. The rebel now slowly turned his head up-stream, when the Kineo let fly another shell and hit secesh. This had the effect to quicken his speed, and away he went up-stream as fast as his wheels could propel him. The Kineo kept firing at him, and hit him three times. She was too much for the rebel, and he went off with a flea in his ear in the shape of a rifled shell. When the Kineo arrived at the Jump she saw that the admiral was not alone, for in the distance she saw three river boats — evidently gunboats--two iron-clad gunboats, constructed with sloping sides, and in almost every respect being the counterpart of Flag-Officer Foote's gunboats on the Upper Mississippi; and besides these there was a house-looking affair, which was pronounced at once to be the Ram. Capt. Ransom, finding the odds against him, wisely concluded not to fight the party, and after making a good observation of the vessels, he returned with the Iroquois, and reported the state of affairs to Capt. Alden, who at once despatched the Kennebec to inform the flag-officer of the appearance of the enemy's flotilla in force. Nothing occurred in the latter part of the afternoon to occasion any alarm; but just before sundown a rebel steamer made its appearance off the point and remained there some time, taking notes, and then returned to report.

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