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en a solid shot, then a shell. The last came near doing damage, and the men accordingly left, without unnecessary delay. Isn't this an act of war, or, is it bravado to provoke a collision? Firing on the Potomac. The Fredericksburg Recorder says: We learn from several gentlemen that there was heavy firing up the river on Wednesday. Our last informant distinctly saw and heard the smoke of the guns and the sound of the discharges, between 9 and 11 o'clock, in the direction of Evans' Port, as well as the two large Federal ships, which were evidently engaging land batteries, or else firing on defenceless dwellings and people. The firing which took place in the evening our informant cannot well locate. To be sent South. The following is a copy of a dispatch sent to Major Gen. Twiggs by Gen. Winder: Richmond, Aug. 29.--Prisoners of war are to be sent to forts in the vicinity of New Orleans. How many can be there accommodated without crowding? John H.