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ormation is, that the enemy have attempted no advance towards Wilmington. Fort Caswell, which guards the southern mouth of the Cape Fear river, was, at last advices, still held by our troops; but it is feared it will be rendered useless to us by the enemy blockading the river at a point between it and Wilmington. Sherman has resumed active operations. On Saturday last, two corps of his army advanced from Beaufort upon Pocotaligo, which was that night evacuated by our troops, under General McLaws. Sherman, with the remainder of his army his artillery and trains, is reported to be advancing along the Charleston and Savannah railroad. Pocotaligo is on the railroad, forty miles north of Savannah and fifty south of Charleston. Sherman's destination is reported by prisoners and deserters to be Charleston; and the railroad, which he repairs as he noes, affords him facilities for reaching that place which he would not enjoy in an advance upon Branchville. On Monday, the enemy's cav
From Sherman's army — his movements on Charleston--two monitors sunk in Charleston harbor. Charleston, January 15. --A heavy force of the enemy advanced from Beaufort yesterday morning against Pocotaligo, which place was evacuated last night by General McLaws. Refugees from Savannah report one corps of Sherman's army gone to Wilmington, and that the cotton in Savannah has been, or will be, confiscated. [Second Dispatch.] Charleston, January 16. --After abandoning Pocotaligo, our forces took position behind the Combahee river. No further movement was made yesterday. The enemy is believed to be aiming at Branchville. Two monitors were sunk last night in this harbor — probably by torpedoes.--They lie about eight hundred yards from Fort Sumter, towards Sullivan's island. Their smoke-stacks only are visible. [Third Dispatch.] Charleston, January 17. --Deserters and prisoners report the force that advanced from Beaufort to consist of the Fi
er it had proceeded some fifteen miles. The force dispatched to Beaufort, however, moved out from Port Royal on the 13th, and on the 14th it encountered our advance, (Colcock's cavalry,) and drove it back on Pocotaligo, which was evacuated by General McLaws during the following night without loss of men or material. General McLaws took up position behind the Combahee, after destroying the bridges by which he crossed that river. From Pocotaligo to Branchville the distance does not exceed forGeneral McLaws took up position behind the Combahee, after destroying the bridges by which he crossed that river. From Pocotaligo to Branchville the distance does not exceed forty-five miles, and can be easily accomplished in three days. The enemy once firmly established on the railroad, either at Branchville or some point nearer Augusta, and the fall of Charleston becomes only a question of time, and a short time at that. We may leave it to the President and General Lee to decide what effect such a movement would have upon Richmond and the Army of Northern Virginia.--At Branchville, Sherman's flanks would be protected by the Edisto and its swamps on the left, and by
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