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t last, receives some notice at the hands of the Yankee press. It is called a "reconnaissance in force," in which a loss of four hundred, killed and wounded, is acknowledged. It appears that this "reconnaissance" was made by Terry's (white) and Birney's (negro) divisions, assisted by Kantz's cavalry. The advance was made on Wednesday; but, as a flag of truce was out, was halted, but renewed again on Thursday. The mode by which the "discoveries" mentioned were made is thus described in a lettne of fortifications at Fort Gilmer, on Laurel Hill, and taking a northwesterly course, somewhat varied, formed an advanced line of works in front of the main line surrounding Richmond, and designed to take the place of the extended line taken by Birney on the 29th ultimo. The construction of so formidable a line of works in so short a time is a commentary on the energy, skill and perseverance of the soldiers brought into existence by this war. General Terry's assaults on these works devel