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easily repulsed. Some disposition was manifested by the enemy to renew the assault on Friday, and heavy skirmishing took place, which was soon abandoned by the Yankees. Nothing on interest occurred on Saturday or yesterday. It is reported that Butler has received reinforcements of negro troops, but we are not prepared to vouch for the truth of the statement. One thing is certain — he is reduced to very narrow straits, and the more undisciplined negro troops he has to manage in his present qu. A severe cavalry fight occurred on Saturday, at Haw's shop, in Hanover county, a few miles to the right of the Central Railroad. A form of our cavalry, consisting, we learn, of Rosser's and Workham's brigades, the 4th and 5th regiments of Butler's South Carolina brigade, and the 20th Georgia battalion, all under the command of General Wode Hampton, was sent out to reconnoitre the enemy's position. They came upon a large force of Yankee cavalry in the above mentioned locality, and withou
in be seen whether he will make a demonstration towards crossing the Pamunkey at Hanover Court House, or will move up to the Chickahominy or form a junction with Butler, and seek to throw himself on the south side of Richmond across our lines of communication, as he did at Vicksburg. It only remains to be added that Gen Lee gined or will be march over the crimson fields of Mechanicsville, Gaines's mill, and Fraser's farm? or will he try to reach the James river, form a junction with Butler, and then throw his whole army across the Richmond and Petersburg and the Richmond and Danville railroads, and thus cut our communications with the more Southern States? This last plan would be in accordance with the movement by which he enveloped Vicksburg, and destroyed all hope of the ear. Butler is already firmly fixed on the narrow neck of land at Bermuda Hundreds, his flanks and rear protected by the James and Appomattox rivers, and his front by a formidable line of entrenchments.
It is only by some fortunate double attack, like that which is the peculiarity of this campaign, that a large retreating army in America can be broken up. Unless Butler should be peculiarly fortunate on the James, we may expect weeks of stubborn contest between the gradually failing army of Lee and his increasingly strong and tend veterans and regiments, he says, have more than replaced all losses and detachments. We have no official reports since my last telegram from Gen Grant or Gen Butler. Official reports of this Department show that within eight days after the great battle of Spotsylvania Court House many thousand veteran troops have been cott. Wendell Phillips and George Thompson. Gen Hooker, it seems, was not wounded in the recent battles at and near Reases. The sufferer was Brig Gen Harker. Butler's Medical Director puts his loss in the great fight of Monday at five thousand, exclusive of Heckman's brigade, which is reported as nearly all missing.
sses for the Confederate arms; the Northern troops have been several times successfully enacted, guns and prisoners taken, while their attacks have in every instance been "heavily repulsed with loss" The authors of this good news have singularly forgotten to state that Lee has whipped Grant all the way from the Rapidan to the North side; we in the North cell such movements retreats, but then we are only ignorant mudeillis and one southerner is equal to five Yankees, (in lying, we admit) Bend Butler has been driven to his den on the James; Sherman has beer "repulsed with heave loss" ever so many times, and hers is another emission — they do not say that Johnston has whipped Sherman forward from Chickamauga to Rome. Then they have glorious news from the West Gen. Banks has been surrounded and his whole army has surrendered and the story about Steele's surrender is also true in the mains and rebel has been cantankerously showed up in West Virginia, and would have been quite captured, but