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April 24.

Yorktown, Va., was shelled by one of the United States gunboats. She moved up to the mouth of Wormley's Creek during the morning, opening a well-directed fire on the rebel works, which was promptly answered. The boat then fell back a distance of three miles from Yorktown, when she again opened fire, the shells exploding each time within the enemy's works, but obtaining no response. A few shots were fired during the day along the whole line. to keep the rebels from strengthening their works. No one was injured.

The United States Government steamer Eunice was run into last night by the Commodore Perry, off Ashland, Ky., and sunk. No lives were lost.--New York Tribune, April 26.

A reconnoitring party, under General A. J. Smith, left Pittsburgh this morning and attacked the rebel pickets, one hundred and fifty strong, who fled in great haste, leaving knapsacks, blankets, and everything else. The party proceeded on foot to Pea Ridge, and there found three or four thousand drawn up in line of battle, who, at the first fire of artillery, also decamped, leaving tents, equipage, private baggage, half-written letters, and other things, indicating a great surprise. Enough tents were left to accommodate a division. Everything was burned. The Nationals captured twelve prisoners, none of whom expressed regret at being taken.--Chicago Tribune.

The United States Senate passed the bill for the appointment of diplomatic representatives to Hayti and Liberia.

Col. Crocker and Major Cassidy, belonging to the Ninety-third regiment of New York volunteers, were this morning taken prisoners by the rebels near Yorktown, Va.--Philadelphia Inquirer.

Gen. Banks's advance-guard, Col. Donnelly commanding, took three prisoners to-day, at a point nine miles beyond Harrisonburgh, Va. One of them says he belongs to company B of the Tenth Virginia regiment of infantry. This regiment had been on the Rappahannock, according to previous information.--Gen. Banks's Despatch.

A body of National cavalry from Forsyth, Mo., destroyed the rebel saltpetre manufactory near Yellville, Ark., this day. Lieut. Heacock, of the Fourth regiment of Iowa cavalry, was killed and one private wounded, in the fight with the rebels.--(Doc. 146.)

The Dismal Swamp Canal, N. C., was destroyed by the naval forces under Commander Rowan.--(Doc. 147.)

The National fleet, under the command of Flag-Officer Farragut, after bombarding Forts Jackson and St. Philip, on the Mississippi River, passed by the forts to reduce New Orleans.--Gen. Butler's Report.

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