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WHEELING, V A., THURSDAY MORNING, MARCH 13,1862. NUMBER 189. PRINTED AND PUBLISHED BY CAMPBELL & M'DERMOT IXTKI.LKJKXCER BUILDINGS, iV K. corner of Quiney and Main-Stt. T K it 1VI 8 s Daily,(by mail, payable in advance,).- .$6,0( By the W?ek ? ?. lfl Trl-Weekly, (per year, payable In advance,)..-..... W? Advertising dona on reaaouabl* terms. All advertisements from a distance, or from transient customers, most be paid in advance. INSURANCE. CASH ASSETTS, JULY 1, 1801, $1,929,763 20. LOSSES PAID, UPWARD OP $14,000,000. The great public service, promptness and reliabili ty of this well-tried and sterling Company, recotn nieud it to prefrreuce with thoie uceding Insurance. N. C. AHTMUK. Ag't. Girard Fire & Marine Ins. Co. PHILADELPHIA. Capital AXD Surplus..'. 4318,723 6S N. C. ARTHUR, Ag't. Pennsylvania Insurance Co. OF PITTSBURGH, PA. Capital - - 4300,000 f IMI B above Companies havingappoitited the under L signed their Agent for Wheeling, and vicinity, would respectfully nolle! t tho patronage of the public. S lid Companies are well known to be first class offices. All lo<Metf promptlyadjuated. N.C.ARTHUR, Agt. Jan3 Office over the Bank of Wheeling. TO THOSE WHO WISH TO BE INSURED AGAINST ALI< CONTINGENCIES. rimEIHOME INSURANCE COMPANY 1. of New York. C ash CAPlTAL(erery dollar paid in) ?$1,000,000 44 Contingent Fund (over(............ 600,000 The largest Canh Capital for the amount of risk o uy office in the United States. W. F. PETERSON, Agent. ' pIIE 1XSURA.NC E CO.?F TIIE V AL 1 LEY OF VIRGINIA. Cash Capital (paid in) ........................ $300,000 Much the largest Cadi Capital of any office charter ed by thin St ita. ?j*-Fire and Iulaud risks taken on the most rea oaable termii. Losses equitably adjusted and promptly paid by W. F. PETERSON, Agt. rilHK CONTINENTAL INSURANCE L COMPANY, of New York. Oisb Capital (paid in) $500,000 ?J x?h Contingent Fund (over) 375,000 An this office the assured participate in the profits without incurring any ri-ik. W. F. PETERSON, Agent. I 1IIE LYNCHBURG HOSE AFIRE INSURANCE COMPANY. Cash Capital .......... $100,000 W. F.PETERSON,Jr, Agent. A^-Over $2,600,000 of Cit?h Capital represented by his old and well established Agency, where every loss u the abovo office has been promptly paid iu Wheel n?, before it was due by the terms of the policy. W. F. PETERSON, Office noxt door to the M. & M. B enk, Jy7,'59? ly Mains t. "Wheel insurance . The Fire&Marine Insurance Co. OP WHEELING. INCORPORATED IN 1837. 1 TAKES nrSKS AT T1IK LOWEST RATE8 ON . Buildings of all kinds Steamboat*, Furnitureand Merchandise, aud against all dangers attending the Transportation of Goods on rivers, seas, lakes, canals ad railroads. R W. lUtDiso, Bec'y. IIkxey Cravolb, Pres't DIRECTORS. J O Acbtaou John Donlon, Rob*t Morrison K.Cr&ngle, 8. Brady, 8am*lOtt. lJtn'1 Lamb, Rob't Patterson, ^-Applications for I nsuronce will be promptly at snded to bv tho President and Secretary. jsn 28/53 Saddles, Harness,Trunks &c WHOLESALE * RETAIL. JB. SIIEPPARD No.131 Main Street, corner ? Union, will continue to keep on hand alargeand complete assortment of all articlesin his line, consist ing of Ladies' and Gentlemen's Sail dies. Fine A Coarse liarncss,Trunk9, Valiees, Carpet Dags, Satchels,Col lars, Hames, Whips, Ac. I would rospectfully call attention to my stock,and trust by strict attention and promptness, to merit continuance of the pnblic patronage All kinds of repairing promptly done, and In a pro per rannner. J. B. SIIEPPARD. sep'JO '59 131, Main Street CARBON OIL! I HAVE ESTABLISHED AN OIL REFINERY in this city, on Lindaey street, below the Gas Work*, where I ke?p constantly m hand and for Rile a good quality of Illuminating and Lubricating oils. Also * good article of Axle Grease, for wagons or drays. Dealers and others iu want of any of tlio above articles will And it to their interest to giro mo a call bef ?re purchasing eW where. augZl-ly JOHN COOK. Savings Bank of "Wheeling, Oficr, Main-St., Ixtween Monroe and Union. Money received on transient deposit Interest paid on Special Deposits. Collections promptly attended to. Exchange on the East bought and s-ld. TiiOS. H. LIST, President. 3AMI.P IIILDRRT1I, Treasurer. Janl4-'69. OH* LIST. ROBT. M0RRI80!f? W.B.LOOAlcl ZCQIXtLlST. B.DATKXPORT. LIST, MORRISON ft CO., W hole sole Grocers & Prodnoc Dealers ?Voj.TO and 80 Whaling, Fa. W* ?l?Mire to stat? to the friends of the late firm, ?nd to the trade generally, that we are in possession ^ the moat ampls facilities for the transaction ofa Wholesale atocery and Produce Business. We are determined to execute all erders entrusted to our care with fidelity and promptness, and on the no,t favorable term,. Yonr ob't aerranta, ^ ? . _. U8T, MORRISON A CO. Wheeling, January 2d. 1M0.| Jan? COL. SAM. COLT'S REVOLVING FIRE ARMS Pistols, Rifles, Carbines Sl Shot Gnni Patixts 07 1860; 1855; 1857; 1858. 'IUIE3E ARMS HAVE NO EQUALS IN QUALITY *-*nd finish; are adopted by ths Army and Navy o? the United States, and the principal gowrnmeut" o. Europe; are uniform In all their parts, are simple, safe, sure, servicable and can be had in one huntlred ?ari?liM, aa w.ll at CartridjM of Powder, ball and ?hot, and all amall parte for repairs, from all respect able jnn dealers, and the Hardware trade generally Addreee, Swrretary WLrs PATENT PIRK ARMS MAH'Fa CO., ? Hartford, Conn. the PEOPLE'S BANE OF WHEELING. Wheeling^ ?creet, first door South of Bank o Viscount days, Wednesdays, 10 A.M. TRf^S,r^7,^D3PJ5CIiI'DKP08ITa THANK Intro* paid on Special Depoalta. kxchang. on the kaat bought and Bold. collections, at home or from abroad, will receiTe, prompt attention. - J , ? SIUCT0U. J. 0. llarbonf, , John Vockler, RiT;8*?* . ChrisUan U.m, Richard Carter. Lorenzo D. Walt, . 3. R. DICgEY.^, ".ARB0Ult' Pr""-PT0^ TC8'^?YS'r* P"*1 ""ortment of Atnerl foJ0?,o^s*ho,~le No. 30 Monroe St. .BUSINESS CARDS. ALP'D HUGHES, M. D. HOMEOPATHIC PHYSICIAN OFVIOK AND R8S1DKN0K: Corner of Fonrth and Qulncy streets, below the 1st Presbyterian Church. OFFICE HOURS. Morning.7 to 9i Noon, 1 to 3; Evening. 7 to9. J. BOON M'L URK, ATTORNEY AT LAW, Office, N. E. Com. Mo raw* A Fourth 8te. (Oppositethe Court Roust,) WHEELING, TA N. B.?Will practice In the several Conrta of thla and the neighboring Counties. ^-Particularattention will be given to the cot ectlonof claims. nov20?ly A. M. ADAMS, WHOLESALE AXD RETAIL CLOTHING STORE, \TT HERE always may be found SUPERIOR CLO T V THING; also makes to order, at the shortest notice, AllGariveuts belonging to Gentlemen No. 30, Water Street, 'Wheeling, Fa, Agents for W. Bingham's Shirts and 8tocks of every description. Also, for A. B. Ilowe's Excel* sier Sewing Machine. atig26 '61-1 y S. G. ROBINSON, manufacturer OF WINDOW GLASS, Wholesale and Retail Dealer In PAINTS, OILS, 8 ASH, DOORS, LIMB, CEMENT, PLASTER PARIS, dfcC. No. 75 Main Street* Jy4 WHEELING, YA M. REILLY, Wholesale Dealer in GROCERIES, Forflgu and Domestic Wines and Liquors, Not. M * 67 Mast Street, my7?ly WHEELING, VA J. A. METCALF, COMMISSION HKROHANT AND MANUFACTURER'S AGENT FOR TUB hale OP Nails, Window Glaus, Cincinnati Soap Iron, Flint Glassware, Lard Oil I, Steel, Green Glnmware, Lime, Springs, Printing Paper, Plaster Paris, Axles, Wrapping Paper, Cement, Rosin, Wooden Ware, Starch. Together with many articles of Pittsburgh and Wheeling manufacture. No. ao Pazton's Row, Main St., novl7 Wheeling, Vu. JKO. S. CABULE. UAS3IBAL TOrbes. CA.KLILK & FORBES, Attorneys At Law, WHEELING, VIRGINIA. Practice in all the Courts of Ohio County, and the adjoining counties. Orrics ox Fourth Steeet, No I6OJ4 septSft-l^ ALFRED CALDWELL. OEOEOE X. BOTD. CALDWELL & BOYD, Attorneys at Law. No. GO Main Street, The Citizen's Deposit Bank of wiieklino. Bank open from ? o'clock a. m., until P. M. Discount days?Thursdays 10 o'clock A. 4^?Money received on transient deposit. Interest paid on special deposits. 49-Collectlonsmadeaud proceeds promply remit ted DIRECTORS: Jacob Berger, J. N. Vance, Jacob Hornbrook, G. W. Franshelm, Warren Cooper, J. K. Botsford, Geo. K. Wheat, Chester D. Knox. J.R. Miller, Cashier. Alfred Caldwell, PresM ffeb4-'691vl CLABK L. U5K. S. F. kills A C. L. ZANE & CO. Importer I and Dtaltrt in ForHgn <t Donatio Wines and Liquors, Manufacture? of Pare Catawba Wines, Qdixct Struct, bstwskn Maw k Uaur Sts. WHEELING, VA KEEP constantly on hand Brandies, Scotch and Irish Whiskies, Jamaica Rums and Cordials. Choice Old Bye and Bourbon Whiskies. sepZT?ly W. T. MEEDS, IBooli Bin cler, ? A It D ? BLANK BOOK MANUFACTURER InUUigtnctr Building,cor.Quincy <? Main it*. ALL DESCRIPTIONS OF BLANK BOOK8 KULKL and made to order, printed heads if required Magazines, Music and all kinds of printed matter bound in the best and most substantial style at rea oableprices. All work guaranteed. noT^0'68? E.ECayes & Co. XAXUTA0TUKJIK8 OF LIGHT CARRIAGES AND HARNESS LOCATION IN THB ATUENJKUBJ Building, oorner Market A John streets opposite t?e Custom House, Wheeling, Ta. Always on hand Carriages of superior workmanship, warran ted to giro satisfaction. Also, work built to order, o I lie latest styles and most Improved patterns, at the lowest market rates. myI8?ly - I S. W.PAXTO*. ? JOHH DOJTLOlf. 0. OOLBtAT PAXTON, D 0NL0K & OGLEBAY, Wholesale Grocers, PRODUCE & COMMISSION MERCHANTS. !Tos. 52 and 54, Main St., noTl W heeling, Vs> J. C. HABBOTJB. WholuaU <* Retail Dealer in CARPETS RUGS, OIL CLOTHS Wall P?pei, Cmrt?iii material., . x^S^SSSSSSS^M . WKIBBLING, V A. 49*GIlt and Mahogany Framed Looking Glasses n hand and made to order. sep9.'69 T. H. IjOG-AN Sc CO. WHOLESALE DRUGGISTS, WHIHIH8. Ti. HAYS remored to their NEW WAREROOM8, No 47 Main Street, aai so.8 Qulncjr Btrwt. W-M?ln Street Entrance, next door to Balur HonUnj. Qolncj Street entrance near the Bait. .1 R. R. Depot, and wharf* DRUGS, PAINTS, OILS, ? MEDICINES, VARFI8HK8, BRUSHES, WINDOW OL-.88,PEREimERIE8, WHITE LEAD PATENT MEDICINES, *0. ? Offered to the trade, la dtj and conn try, at toprtel andoftheiutouoUiy. Caeh and prompt _ cnetomere are Invited to call. ? epl, 6? ? TT/OOl. H ATS?190do*. Men and Bojil W?ol TV BaVlJatt opened, which we offer nncommraly low, wholeeele and retail. ootSO HARPER * BBO. ?? i ^^ O ALT??00 bble. Pittsburghand Ohio Klw, ' O for aale low by notlB PAXTON, DONLON * OGLBBAY. TERMS OR ADVERTISING. TwsivkSoup Lixzb or Nokpamu, (ob oil lnch,)oj Lxss, XAXI A SqUARt. One Dayr_.l sqk. $0 76 Two Days,.. ? 1 00 Three Day,*, .125 FOitr Day?r.. ;.. 1 60 Five Day*. 175 Ono Week*... 2 00 TwoWeeks, 3 50 Special Notices Don Throe Weeks.; ?%4 51 One Month, ... 6 0( Two MonthJV. 8 0< Three Months,.. .10 0( 8ix Months, 15 0< One Yew, 20 0( rte the above rnt e*. ^^?Yearly Advertising on reasonable terms, accor diuR to the space occupied and the numberof changei made. All advertisements from transient persons or Strang ers. to be paid for in advance.. Budinees Card* not exceeding five lines, $10 peryear. or $6 for six months, bnt for a shorter period uothing will bo counted leas than a square. The privilege of Annual Advertising is limited to the Advertisers' own Immediate bunineas; and all advertisements for the benefit of other prsons an well as all legal advertisements, and advertisement! of auction sale* and real estate,sent in by them mnf be paid for at the nsnal rates. Advertisements not accompanied with written directions, will be inserted until forbid,and chargod accordingly. Koticcs for Political Meetings to bo charged in all cases at full rates. Marriages,Noticesof Funerals, and annoncements of sermons, 50 cents cach. nouvll-'59 The Battles in Hampton Roads. Interesting Details or the Two Days Fighting. Graphic Description by Eye-Wit* nesies. (From Correspondence of Xew York exchanges.) Fortress M on rob, March 9. A t noon, or thereabouts, the signal officers on tbo lookouts at Fortress Monroe BimoN taneously descried several rebel steamers moving out from Norfolk by the Elisabeth river. The/ were first discovered by the black smoke curling out of their pipes.? The approach of the rebel fleet was at once communicated to Gen.. Wool, the com mandant of the military department, and subsequently to Captain Murston, the flag officer of the station, then on board the steam frigate Roanoke. The troops in the fortress and at Camp Hamilton, a few miles distaut, were immediately called to arms; the flagship of the CJnion fleet in port was signalled to get the naval vessels under weigh. In fifteen imputes afler the "long roll" was beaten the troops were iu line aud the artillerists on the fortress manned the guns ready for actiou. The frigate Minnesota, Captain Van Brunt, having steam up when the sigual for njoving was given, hoisted anchor promptly and steam ed in the direction of Newport News, where an attack ou the Union vessels there by the rebels was anticipated, closely fol lowed by the guuboat Whitehall. The flagship Roanoke, having her shaft, broken, was unable to move by her own power.? Owing to tho fact she was taken in tow by the little gunboats Dragon nu4 Young America. By the time she was under way she was preceded by the gunboats Rescue, Ranger, Relief, Mystic and Rover. The Mount Vernon was in port, but did not move from her anchorage. It now being pnstone o'clock, the rebel fleet by this time had followed the course of the ship channel out from Norfolk, pro ceeding in a zigzag course for a few miles, and then running in a straight line paral lel with the rebel batteries at Sewall's Point. Reaching the latter locality they made a turn in the channel, and Bteered in a direct line for Newport News. The in tent was now apparent. As the Merritnuc showed her huge dimensions, as she made the turn described, she looked terrible saucy. She was closely followed by two or three smaller vessels, but of a sufficient size and appearance to make them seem prepared for mischief. The Merrimac and her consort were closely followed by the Union vessels. Tbe Union fleet, consisting of the vessels alreudy named, after reaching a point se veral roileB from the fortress, struck 'the same channel in which'the rebel fleet'bad already preceded them. When the rebel fleet were within a mile or twp from New port News tbey opocd lire on the United States sailing frigat Congresse and Cum berland, which were blockading off tha^ point. Tho rebel vessels then ran up: their rotors?a black flag at the fore anil the rebel ensign at their peak. The Union vessels, seeing .the rebels apppoachiug, beat to quarters, and every guu wus shot ted for action. The rebel battery- Merri mac opened the engagement by directing its attention to the frigate Cumberland. At this juncture, it being abont half-past two o'olock, two other rebel steamers which subsequently proved to be tbe Patrick Henry and Yorktown, came steam ing down tbe James river, from the direc tion of Richmond. Tbey soon joined the fleet from Norfolk, and 'both fleet9 became botly engaged, the air reverberating with the booming of cannon and the hissing and bursting of shells. The Merrimac, Irom her formidable' armament, was more bold than bcr compeers, wno kept At a long range distance. She first directed her attention to the frigate Cumberland, which was anchored about half a mile from and under the Union water battery at Newport News. The Merrimac steamed boldly up to tbe Cumberland until within an eighth of a mile, when she turned her side to the Cum berland, firing ii broadside of five heavy euns, every shot taking effect. The Cum. berland, meanwhile, was not idle, but gave broadside for broadside with her an tagonist several times. No percepti ble impression was made,'on the Merri mac, the balls from the Cumberland glancing off as if they were India rubber. Tbe Union water battery at Newport News, consisting of heavy columhiads, as sisted the Cumberland against her formid able antagonist, but with no better result than before mentioned. Tbe .Merimac af. ter a while approached within fifteen or twenty yards of the Cumberland, and par allel with her, and fired another broadside, completely riddling the Cumberland,- and wonndirg over fifty or sixty men. ; She then backed off several hundred yards, and pointed her bow for the Cumberland, and, nnder full bead of steam, ran directly into the sido of the Cumberland, driving the immense ram, twelve, or fifteen feet long, into the side of the CAmjb'erland," below^he water mark, perforating the latter vessel and crashing in' planks and timbers -with apparent ease. The Merrimac then disen . gaged herself, backed off a sufficient dis : tance, and then repeated a similar opera ' tion, but in the waist of the Cumberland. . The shocks from the collisions were terri ble, the momentum sneb as to make The topsail yards' ot the Cumberland touch the water. The crew of the Cumberland, or aach as had not been pat Aor? <fu> cogiAaf: after having fought newly two boors with ? the rorst rt?'?rmined bravery, seeing-that the Shin was disabled and sinking, songht such means of safety as were at bund.? The boat8,8uch of them as were not des troyed, were quickly filled; others sought to cave themselves by swimmiug, those from the lower deck jumping out of the portholes. The Cumbeiland commenced sinking soon after the Merrimac bad colli ded with her, and those of the crew that did not attempt to save themselves by the boats or swimming took refuge in the rig ging after the hull bad disappeared beneath the water. The steam propeller Wbilden, which was at the wharf at Newport News at the time, was immediately dispatched to rescue these men, by order of Brigadier General Mansfield. Out of two hundred and ninety-one men on board the Cumber land it is reported tbat'oue half were either killed, drowned or wounded. The Merrimac, after completing the de- ! struction of the Cumberland, turned her | attention to the water battery on shore, j throwing shell with greut rapidity into the Union camp. Some of these missiles went a mile over the camp. One shell explodedin the light artillery stables back of the camp, shivering tlieiu to atoms. Fortunately, the horses were absent with their battery. The Merrimac, in engaging the water bat tery, posted herself under the bluff, and the guns of the battery could not be suf ficiently depressed to have aoy effect on the rebel battery. After shelling the camp for ubout half an hour with little or no ef fect, and with no considerable list of woun ded, the Merrimac then proceeded towards the frigate Congress?which was then en gaging the rebel gunboats Patrick Henry and Yorktown?which were anchored a few hundred yards from where the Cum berland was. The first shot fired by the rebel steamer at the Congress struck her in the stern, passing through the cabin, killing Lieut. Jos. Smith, the executive of ficer of the ship,. and three sailors. The two vessels then became hotly engaged, which continued for thirty miuutes, when the Congress, being riddled with solid shot and shell, struck her colors, and hoist ed the white Hag. The Merrimac theu turned her utteution to the other vessels of our fleet engaging them all seriatim. Af ter the Congress surrendered, arobel steam er, the Jamestowu, came alongside and took all the Union officers, prisoners, but allowed the crew to go free, they having j no room on board for them . The frigate Minnesota had early got on shore at a place called the Horse Shoe bar, about two miles from Newport News. The Merrimac hotly engaged the Minne sota, after destroying the Cumberland and Congress, bnt on accout of the support given by other vessels of tho Union fleet, the Merrimac gave her a wide berth. The fight continued, with no particular results except those before mentioned, until long after dark. As the night approached the flashing of the guns and bursting bombs were terrific. At seven o'clock P. M. the rebel fleet, with the addition of the Patrick Henry and Yorktown. which had corac down from Richmond, proceeded to Norfolk. During the day, from the time the uaval battle commenced, Major General Wool made the most perfect preparations, in cas? a land attack was made by the rebel* f'em the direction of Yorktowu. What tbnee pre parations wer?iit would not be permissible to state. The frigate St. Lawrence, in tow of the gunboat Cambridge, both of whom had just come in from sea after the battle commencud, proceeded directly for tho scene of action. She remained hotly en gaged until the fight ceased, and returned and anchored off tho fortress at niue o'clock P. M. The Roanoke, which left her anchorage ofT the fortress at the same time the Minnesota did, got aground mid way Newport News and Fortress Monroe, and did not participate in the muin en gagement. All tbe Union war vessels on their passage from Fortress Mouroe to New port News went within range of tbe rebol batteries at Sewall'g Point. . Both sides opened fire with rapidity, bat no material damage was done on either side; but the fact was disclosed that a new rebel mask ed battery of sis guus is on tbe extreme portion of the point. The troops at the Rip Raps, under the command of Major Ilolliday, engaged this battery, using u large rifled cannon, throwing tbe Sawyer projectile The rebel battery was com pletely silenced after a spirited cannonade on both sides. Tbe frigate Roanoke was got afloat about ten o'clock I*. M., and re turned to ber anchorage off tbe Rip Raps. She received three shots from the rebel battery, but doing no injury to tbe crew. The Minnesota remained still aground after tbe engagement notwithstanding sev eral tugs were sent to he assistance. Cupt. Grier Talimadge, tho efficient Quartermas ter at this post, subsequently proceeded by special steamboat conveyance to the Minnesota, and to learn what, if anything, was needed in the way of. assistance, lie succeeded in tuking off life money chest of tbe Minnesota, in which whs one hundred rnd fifty thousand dollars, and brought it in safety to tbe fort. In tbe evening, tbe horizon was all of a sudden brightly illuminated. We sooa as certained that the noble frigate Congress was in a blaze. Tbe rebels having so dis abled tbe vessel compelling her to surren der, determined Uen. Mansfield to destroy tbe vessel rather than to let the accursed rebels have one plink of her. Uy bis or der she was let on fire, and she sank near the spot where she had been driven ashoie ?a monument to rebel atrocity. The sight of the burning vessel was a moat fearful and sublime spectacle. The night was clear and beautiful, the bay without a ripple on its surface. At first the flames appeared in a small body, but gradually they spread aft, and iu about two hours time from tbe commencement of the con - flagration tbe Congress was one mass of flames. _ Slowly ,qnd gradually did the de vouring' element encircle the tarred; rig ging, until every stick of wood uud every ply ot hemp was environed by the fiery element. The waltr.being very calm, the reflection of tbe burning mass was terribly g^and. Tbe fire raged with great fury un til about half past twelve o'clock, Sunday morning, when all at once a shock and ex plosion resembling tbe ernptlon of a- vol cano, was beard, shaking the staunch old fort almost to its foundation, and the burn ing vessel, with everything on board,, dis appeared forever from view. Tbe Ore bad reached tbe extensive powder magazine; which blew tbe hulk to atoms. The ex plosion had the effect to cull all the troqps to arms?imagining that a signal gun had been fired. Namerons ' fragments of < the vessel were picked.up on the beach three or fonr miles from the fort,' which is a dis tance of abont fourteen miles from where the Congress went to-th?-bottom. The day. closed, indeed, with sadness in the hearts of our officers, besides having the fact resting on their minds (hat the hostile machine that had just made such mnrderons work had only retired appa rently to recruit itself, and then return to complete the destruction she had so au spiciously commenced, having the floating vessels here at her mercy. While despon? dency settled on many brows, and conjec tures were rife as to where the Mcrrimac would direct her attention the next day, a gleam ot hope arose. At eight o'clock iu the evening a bright, movable light was discovered seaward coming from the di rection of Cape Charles light. It being known that the Ericsson Battery bad left New ^"ork a lew days previous, surmises were rife tlmt the light might proceed from the deck. The best night telescopes were brought into requisition, and in less than half an hour after it first hove in sight the. fact was circulated that the Ericsson ttat tery was comiug up the Iloads. The news; spreak like wildfire; the ramparts in the fort was soon liued with troops. At nine o'clock the Monitor anchored off Fortress Monroe. Lieutenant Commanding Worden immediately reported to flag officer Mars ton, and subsequently to General Wool.? It was at once determined by those officers j to send the battery to Newport's News, to I protect that port, also to defend the Min nesota, which was still on shore. Before ! she started on hor missiou an additional supply ot ammunitiou was placcd ou board, and at half past eleven o'clock the Moui tor went on her missiou, to await the ap pearance of things the following day.? The arrival of the Monitor was, indeed, providential. At early dawn this morning, the Merri mnc, Jamestown, Vorktowu and a number of other Rebel crafts were seen drawn up off Sewall's Point, apparently waiting for the smoke and haze to lift before resum ing the contest. The Monitor had taken her station to the loft and in advance of the Minnesota, and our other gunboats were in the neighborhood of the frigate. Shortly after 8 o'clock the Merrimacbegau to move up toward the Minnesota, about three miles distautJ lier path lay across the bows?of the Monitor, whose presence or r*?a! char-1 acter it is probable she was uot then aware of. When within about a mile, the hall was opened by the Monitor firing a shot, which struck the side of the iron-hided monster, the Merrimac at the sumo time diackeuing hor speed, lier intention evi dently was to make directly for the Min nesota and serve her as she had served the Cumberland uud Congress. But Middenly she found a "lion in her path. The firing was kept up for souie time at the distance of about one mile, when the Monitor began to move toward her antagonist, delivering her fire deliberately and with precision.? Tbo Merrimac, six times her size, and with an armament equally out of proportion, awaited her at rest. At a distance of a quarter of a mile or loss, both opened their terrible batteries?the Merrimac firing much tho oftenest of course. it was idc nrst irtai ot an experiment in a tearful ordeal. Tliu scene was witnessed by tliose who crowded the ramparts nnd lined the docks with almost breathless in terest. It would not bare disappointed many at tbat moment had it become appa rout that Iho unpretending Monitor was unequal to the contest, liy this timo the two iron-clad combatants seemed to toncb, lighting at close quarters, delivering their sbots seemingly into the muzzles of each other's guus. But so far from being une qual to ber adversary, tbe Monitor moved around her, planting ber sbots where she would. The contest was so hot that for a time the smoke obscured both the Monitor and tbe Merrtmac. As if realizing tbat she had fonnd at least her match, if not her superior, the Merrimac drew off towards Craney Island, tbe Monitor pursuing,plan ting her shot with tbe same deliberation which bad characterized her movements from the outset. After keeping up tbe pursuit for half an hour, the Monitor re turned toward the Minnesota. 1 should have mentioned thnt shortly after this en gagement commenced, one of tbe Rebel gunboats, apparently tho Yorktowu, steam ed out, aud boldly engaged the Monitor.? A shot through ber, which must have done serious injury, sent ber back again, and she did not venture within range of tbe guns of the new comer witbiD the day. As if having rested from the first round, and recovered from tbe bewilderment re sulting from finding such a terrible antag onist in so small a one, the Merrimnc re turned to the contest, nud, as before, was ?uet fearlessly by the Monitor. Tbe Mer rimac being now within range, the Min nesota'delivered several of her thundering broadsides, and showers of solid shot went crashing against the side of the iron mon ster. The gunboats also went into tbe light gallantly. Though the Monitor again sought close qnarter, tbe Merrimac, hav ing already a taste of that sort of thing, kept at a prudent distance. For more than an hour the battle was kept up without either side showing damage, when, at about 11 A. M-, tbe Monitor retired beyond tbe Minnesota to alluw her guns to cool.? Tbe contest now raged between tbe Mer rimac and Minnesoto and the gunboats.? The terrible broadsides of tbe frigate, chained to tbe bottom us it were, shook tbe earth, and tt? solid shot glanced in every direction from the sides of the Mer rimac. Having given her guns an hour to co.olj the Monitor returned to the contest, and the Merrimac was apparently ready for her, for she did not retreat, but stood ber ground. Nothing could exceed the accur acy of the firing on both sides. After kecpiug up the contest for half an hour at a range of half or three quarters of a mile, the Monitor began to advance on her an tagonist, who awaited her with apparent confidence. Delivering her fire with de liberation and unerring precision, the Mon itor went straight ahead and At fall speed for the Merrimac, till the men on both boats, if tbey bad not been hidden by tbe iron covering, might have engaged in a hand-to-hand fight. Now followed ono of tbe most remarkable and exciting scenes ever witnessed in naval warfare. Tbe vessels touched, and delivering tbeir broadsides simultaneously, tbe sbot crash ed upon tbe sides ol both, either glancing off and falling Into the water; or crumbling into atoms. As if determined that tbe contest should have un end, the Monitor moved round tbe Merrimao at a distance 0/ only a few yards, plunging her sbots into her sides: With well-directed aim she planted one into her hull' below her iron coating, and below her water line. Three gaping holes now appeared in ber iron coating. Passing deliberately roond the stern of the Merrimac, the Monitor aimed a sb'ot at ber screw, and several others at vital points. ' The Merrimao now began to' inove on toward tbe cove flanking Oraney Island, and, as it became apparent that she was tUiabled, cheers went op from tbe ram pirts and shore. Tbe Monitor did not pur ?se, probably on acconnt of tbe beating ot her guns, or some other equally good rea son.. After lying for a short time near the shore, the Merrimac slowly rounded out, and turning her prow toward the place she was seen In the morning, where the other rebel boat9 were assembled spectators of the fight.1 They gathered around her like the backers of a whipped bully. At this time it was the general opinion of those who had the best means for observing, that the Merrimac bad sunk at least two feet, and that she was fast going down. Eler deck was thronged with her crew. She gave no signs of steam or smoke. Small boats put off from her, and tug boats came to her sides, as if to render assistance.? As soon as arrangements eould be made for doing so, the boats took her in tow, and about three-quarters past 12, the Mer rimac, the Yorktown, the Jamestown and the other rebel craft, either towing or pull ing the former, might be seen; constituting j a mournful procession, as they passed into the dim distance under Graney island. Thus ended probably the most remarka ble naval engagement on record; certainly the first between two iron-clad antago nists. Deaurftptton of the "Moultor." Under the act of Congress passed last Bummer, appropriating $1,500,000 for I irou clad vessels for the navy, Captain J. tiricsson, the world-renowned iuventor of the caloric engine, presented proposal* for a. battery, to be launched within one huudred days from the date of the con tract, the iinpreguability of which should be tested before the heaviest guns of the enemy, and at the shortest rango. The contract was signed in October, and on the one-huudredth-and-first working day thereafter the Monitor was launched from the Continental Iron Works, at Grcenpoint, where she was constructed by C. 8. Bush nell & Co., under the superintendence of Thos. F. Ilowlaud, of Brooklyn. Externally she presents to the fire of the enemy's guns a hull rising about eighteen inches above the water, and a sort of mar tello tower, twenty feet in diameter and ten feet high. The smoke stack during action is lowered into the hold, it bciug mado with telescopic slides. The bull is sharp at both ends, the bow projecting and coin ing to a point at an angle of eighty degrees to the vertical line, li is flat bottomed, six and a half feet in depth, one huudred and twenty-four feet long, thirty fonr feet wide at the top, and is builtof light tiiree cightb inch iron. Another, or upper hull, rests on this with perpendicular giaes and sharp ends, five feet high, forty feet four inches wide, ouc hundred and seven ty-four feet long, extending over the sides of the other hull three feet seven inches, aud over each end twenty-five feet, thus serving as a protection to the propcllor, rudder and anchor. The sides of the up per hull are composed of a inner guard of iron, a wall of white oak thirty inches thick, covered with iron armor six inches thick. When in readiness for action, the lower hnll is totally immersed, and the upper ono is sunk three feet six inches, leaving only 18 inches above water. The interior is open to the bottom like a sloop, the deck, which is bomb-proof, coming flush with the top of the upper hull. No railing or bulwark of any kind appears above the deck, aud the only things exposed are the turret or citadel, the wheel-house, and the box crowning the smokc*st:ick. The in clination of the lower hull is such that a ball to 6trike it in any part must pass through at least twenty-five feet of water, and then strike an inclined iron surface at au angle of about ten degrees. In the event of the enemy boarding the battery they can do no harm, as the only entrance is at the top of the turret or citadel, which cannot easily be scaled, and even then on ly one man at a time can descend into the ? ii This turret is a resolving, bomb-proof fori, and mounts two U-incb guns. It is protected by eight thicknesses of inch iron, overlapping so that at no one spot is there more than one inch thickness of joint. A shell-proof flat roof, of perfora tedplate iron, placed on forged beams, in serted six inches down the cylinder, cov ers the top. The sliding hatch in this cover is perforated to give light, and for musketry fire in case the battery is board ed. A spur-wheel,GA inches in diuraeler, moved by donble cylinder engiuo, turns the turret guns, and all, a rod connecting with therunuing gear of the |engine enabling thegunner to control the aim. The gum move in forged-iron slides across the turret, the carriages being made to fit them accurateley. These guns were furnished with 400 wrought-iron shot by the Novelty Works, each ball weighing 184 pounds, costing ?47. The balls were made by forging I square blocks of Iron, which were after wards turned in the lathe. Cast-iron shot would break against such a vessel as thej Merrimac] and these shot were forged for I the especial purpose of smashing through | her sides. Lieut. Wordea intended in case the Merrimac did hot come out, to go into ! Norfolk harbor and la} alongside of her there. She has savod him that trouble. Hats & Caps. S. N. PRATHER, Cor. Monroe Market Sts. I A LWAY8 on liand a cholco and varied Stock of j /jL HATS and GAPS for lien and Boys' wear. lielng desirous of establishing a permanent trade, j both in the city and surrounding country, all those who favor me with their patronage can rely on being I supplied with the best good* at the lowest flgaren. Country Merchants are particularly requested to call and examine my stock; novM-tf 8. 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