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C. S. Steamer Sumter, Head Of The Passes,’) June 30, 18G1. j Sir: — I have the honor to inform the Department that I am still at my anchors at the “Head of the Passes” — the enemy closely investing both of the practical outlets. At Pass a L’Outre there are three ships, the Brooklyn, and another propeller, and a large side-wheel steamer; and at the Southwest Pass, there is the Powhatan, lying within half a mile of the bar, and not stirring an inch from her anchors, night or day. I am only surprised that the Brooklyn does’ not come up to this anchorage, which she might easily do — as there is water enough, and no military precautions, whatever, have been taken to hold the position — and thus effectually seal all the passes of the river, by her presence alone; which would enable the enemy to withdraw the remainder of his blockading force, for use elsewhere.