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It says: After night set in the rebels had a band of music on their works, which played Dixie, and other tunes supposed to be peculiarly offensive to the "invaders" When day broke in the morning it was found that the rebel pickets had been withdrawn. Many of the soldiers crept up to the work and ascertained that during the night Johnston and his troops had evacuated the place. Soon other soldiers hurried in and a of plunder and destruc- tion took place. It was put an end to by Gen. Blair's division entering the town and restoring order. Inquiry made known that the evacuation began at six o'clock on the preceding evening, and was completed just before day. The rebel left but little behind. A very fine collaboration and some artillery ammunition was all. Some very fine English and German ammunition was found trampled down in the streets, and some of the newly invented General phosphoric explosive musket balls were also discovered. Fifty or sixty cars were found at the d