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Letter from President Davis --The Texas papers publish the following letter from the President to Gen Magruder: Richmond, Va., Jan. 29, 1863. Major-General J. Bankhead Magruder, Galveston, Texas: My Dear Sir --I am much gratified at the receipt of your letter of Jan. 6th conveying to me the details of your brilliant exploit in the capture of Galveston and the vessels in the harbor. The boldness of the conception and the daring and skill of its execution were crowned by results substantial as well as splendid. Your success has been a heavy blow to the enemy's hopes and I trust will be vigorously and effectively followed up. It is to be hoped that your prudence and fact will be as successful as your military ability — retaking every position on the Texas coast. Four suggestions will receive the favorable consideration due to you. The congratulations I tender to you and your brave army are felt by the whole country. I trust your achievement is but the pre
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of war, captured another and put the rest of the squadron to flight. In the immediate neighborhood the Alabama, shortly afterwards, decoyed the Hatteras away from her consorts and immediately sank her. On the last day of the year five or six steamers from Charleston attacked the blockading force of thirteen vessels, and, after sinking or destroying about half the number, drove the rest to sea. A ship of eleven guns had the day before surrendered to one of the forts in Charleston harbor. Gen. Magruder, at Galveston, and Gen. Beauregard, at Charleston, acting probably under instructions from their Government, took advantage of the temporary opening of the ports to proclaim the removal of the blockade; and the partisans of the, Confederate cause argue that no capture can be legally effected until a fresh blockade has been formally notified. * * * No important event has taken place on land, though the various campaigns are still prosecuted with unremitting vigor. The Federal hope t