herly direction, and crossing Owen's Creek, Licking Hole Creek, Little Licking Hole Creek. Little Byrd Creek, and several other creeks, reached Columbia, on the James River, at about eight o'clock A. M. The approach of the force had been heralded, but no one believed it. The man who went to the trouble of riding ten miles to give tburned or thrown into the river.
The bank of the canal was cut at several points within five miles, and the locks destroyed.
At Columbia the canal crosses the James River in a massive stone aqueduct.
No one seems to have known of this structure; at all events nothing was brought along to secure its destruction.
The engineer os little else than bacon and corn-meal.
The wheat crop, now coming forward, is immense — in fact, little else has been put in the ground.
The rich valleys of the James and Rapidan Rivers are vast wheat-fields — more, in fact, than can be gathered, unless the army is turned to this work.
The negroes are not numerous enough for th