es in front of Petersburg and Richmond as during the preceding wet weather.
Should there now come a freeze, succeeded, as it surely would be, by a thaw, the campaign against Richmond, so far as any serious and extensive operations are concerned, may be fairly considered as ended; but even then it is likely that Grant will, with every temporary return of firm ground, attempt some minor enterprise.
The Yankees have, of late, had nothing to say about the Dutch Gap canal.
At last accounts, Butler had only two hundred negroes at work upon it, and this small force of laborers was prevented by our batteries from doing full work.
We feel pretty confident that this enterprise will not be completed in time for the canal to be used before next spring or summer.
If we are right in this conclusion, the great Yankee fleet recently collected in Hampton Roads was not destined, as has been conjectured, to operate against Richmond, but was brought together either for an attack on Wilmington or t
her anchor, the rebels opened on her either from Fort Marshall or Beach inlet, to which she paid no attention until a ten-inch shell struck her on the forecastle, killing and wounding a number of men, seven of whom died on the instant.
Mrs. Anne Butler, wife of the absconding Confederate States Treasury clerk, who succeeded in making his way to New York, passed through Washington on Saturday on her way to join her husband.
Mrs. Butler made two or three attempts to escape from Richmond.
TMrs. Butler made two or three attempts to escape from Richmond.
The first time she was captured and taken back; but she finally succeeded in making her way to Point Lookout, and was brought up to Washington on the mail boat Dictator.
The "guerrillas," under Bill Anderson's brother, are scourging the Yankees in Missouri again.
A telegram from Chattanooga says the Federals were attacked by Breckinridge at Strawberry Plains on the 18th, who was repulsed.
Gold in New York on the 21st was quoted at 221.