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k A. M. to day and probably are engaging the enemy at this time. Stanton, is a dispatch to Maj Gen Dix, at New York, says: A dispatch has been received from Gen Butler, dated, "in the field near Chester Station, Va, May 12th, 8.30 P. M." It states that he is now pressing the enemy ness Fort Darling, and has before him all the troop from North Carolina. Beauregard's courier, captured this morning, going to Gen Hope, commanding Drewry's Bluff, had a dispatch stating that "Gen Beauregard would join him as soon as the troops were up." Maj Gen Gillmore holds the entrenchments, while Maj Gen Smith demonstrates upon Drewry and the enemy's lines. Gen Kantz and his cavalry have been sent to cut the Danville Railroad near the Appomattox Station, and perhaps to advance on the James river. Miscellaneous. The Alabama put into Table Bay, March 20, for coals and other supplies. The total number of ships destroyed and captured in the Indian Seas had been seven: Th
art of Lee, and reach the fortifications of Richmond, Lee would be as powerless to relieve Richmond as was Johnston to relieve Vicksburg. But the circumstances of the two places are totally different, as is his situation near the Rappahannock from that on the Yazoo. He had no such adversary as Lee in front of him. Pemberton's small force he swept away without effort; Lee's army he has assailed for ten days with all his power, in vain. How can he pass such an army? He is compelled to defeat it before he can move on Richmond. General Lee, of course, is aware of the objects of his adversary, and his precautionary measures are generally equal to his remarkable forecast. Early yesterday morning our army under General Beauregard, on the south side of James river, commenced a vigorous assault upon the enemy's entrenchments some three miles below Drewry's Bluff — the result, as will be seen by reference to the news department of this paper, being of the most cheering character.