A skirmish took place near Abbeville. Miss., between a reconnoitring force of Union troops under the command of Colonel Lee, and a strong body of rebels, resulting in a retreat of the latter to their fortifications at Abbeville, with some loss. Not a man of the Union party was injured.
An expedition to Yellville, Ark., by the First iowa, Tenth Illinois, and Second Wisconsin regiments, under command of Colonel Dudley Wickersham, returned to General Herron's camp, having been successful in destroying portions of the rebel saltpetre-works, arsenal, and store-houses, with about five hundred shot-guns and rifles.--General Curtis's Despatch.
A rumor was prevalent in Washington, that a proposition for an armistice of thirty days was made by the rebel government, and that General Robert E. Lee was in that place negotiating the terms.--The Forty-seventh regiment of Massachusetts troops, under the command of Colonel Marsh, left Boston for the seat of war.--A expedition to Hyde County, N. C., under the command of Major Garrard of the Third New York cavalry, returned to Newbern, having thoroughly destroyed all the bridges in that vicinity, besides capturing Colonel Carter, of the Thirteenth North-Carolina volunteers, and a rebel sergeant belonging to the Fourth North-Carolina confederate troops.--George P. Kane, late Marshal of Baltimore, Md., issued an address to his fellow-citizens of the State of Maryland, setting forth a statement relative to his incarceration at Fort Warren, Mass.--The schooner Levi Rowe, while attempting to run the blockade of Wilmington, N. C., was captured by the steamer Mount Vernon.--The bark Parker Cook was captured and destroyed, in the Mona Passage, by the rebel steamer Alabama.