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s which were so extensively circulated through the streets on Friday and Saturday, regarding the movements of Yankee gunboats, grew out of a "raid" made by the enemy in the lower counties. Between the James and Chickahominy rivers is a narrow strip of country that has heretofore been unmolested. When McClellan's army was driven down the river he did not reach all the plantations, and embarked his men too hurriedly to destroy them. After doing, then, all the damage possible in Gloucester, Mathews, King and Queen, King William, and other counties adjoining, the Yankees turned their attention to this section, and have now sent a force to steal negroes, horses, and poultry, to burn grain, barns, and agricultural implements, and to arrest peaceable farmers who sympathize with the South. There is no doubt this is the whole object contemplated in the advance of the gunboats up the river which occurred on Thursday. The day previous two iron-clads went up the Chickahominy for some miles,
The steamer Ruby, a well known blockade runner, got ashore off Charleston Wednesday night, and was blown up to prevent her falling into the hands of the blockaders, who were firing into her. Harold 8, Mathews, editor of the Wytheville (Va.) Dispatch, Gen. last week. He was also clerk of the county court. New Orleans papers, as as the 4th inst., maintain their dead about defeat at Port Hudson. George D. Promise is in Nashville, at the St. The price of cheap whiskey has considerably advances his arrival.