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On the morning of the 20th the Confederates advanced, burnt some houses near the town, and retired: A few minutes before the conflagration the enemy opened a battery near the front of our centre, and fired four or five shots into the town. They were apparently aimed at the cotton-bale battery on Gay street. The missiles, as they came whizzing into town, caused considerable panic, and for a few moments the impression prevailed among the citizens that the grand shelling had begun.--The Gay street battery, as well as two other to the right and left, replied rapidly, their reports shaking the town. Spectators went scurrying for shelter to the neighboring buildings; teams skedaddled up Gay street, and citizens took to their cellars for protection. For some cause the rebel batteries ceased firing, probably from a fear of blurting somebody in the town — ours followed suit — and there was a great calm. Meantime the heavens were illuminated by the lurid flames of the burning buildi