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Thomas Defeats Hood!

Thirty Pieces of Artillery!.
And Many Prisoners Captured.


Three Gunboats destroyed on the Roanoke by Rebel Torpedoes!

&c., &c., &c.

NEW YORK, Dec. 17. — The Herald's correspondent gives the following account of an expedition sent up the Roanoke river:

A gunboat expedition sent up the river, when opposite Jamestown, 80 miles above Plymouth, suddenly came in contact with some torpedoes, placed in the channel by the rebels, and three boats were blown up. The flag-ship Wyalushing, commander Macomb, senior officer, took the lead, and passed safely through. The Otsego, a double-ender, Lieut. Commander Arnold, followed. The bow came in contact with an obstruction, but which was safely passed until being struck by the stern, when it proved to be a large torpedo, which, exploding, blew up the Otsego, sinking her in a few minutes. After the blowing up of the Otsego, the remainder of the fleet remained by her until morning, when those vessels which were uninjured by the explosion passed up the river.

Soon after Commander Macomb dispatched on special duty his Aid, Paymaster Lewis Sands, on the steamer Bagley, with two guns, and upon arriving in the vicinity of the spot where the Otsego was sunk, a torpedo exploded under the Bagley, blowing a hole through her, causing her to sink immediately. One man and a boy were killed. The officers and the rest of the crew escaped by swimming.

Paymaster Sands and Captain Ames, commanding the tug, swam to the wreck of the Otsego, and were picked up.

Soon after the sinking of the Bagley, the steam picket launch "No. 5," was also destroyed.

The Roanoke river is a perfect net-work of torpedoes. A large number have already been taken up, and a still larger number are supposed to remain.