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Affairs in Northwestern Virginia.

--A special dispatch to the Cincinnati Gazette, dated Grafton, Va., June 20, gives a Northern view of matters in that section:

I came back from Phillippi this evening. Communication is beginning to be threatened between Grafron and Phillippi. Mounted parties sent out last and Tuesday nights to engage the enemy's pickets, were fired upon Tuesday night by an ambuscade of the enemy, which instantly retreated. Last night a large party drove in the pickets, and then sent forward Ex-Speaker Gordon, late private in the 9th Indiana Regiment, now Major of the U. S. Army, and Horace Bell, hoping to draw out the enemy. These men, altogether unsupported, rode up until the enemy's camp sentries fired. They returned the fire.

After a large number of shots were exchanged, which the darkness kept from being effective, they challenged the enemy to come out, and a perfect war of words ensued. The enemy couldn't be coaxed out. The party found the grave of Martin, of the 14th Ohio Regiment, who was shot two days ago, while scouting, and made arrangements to bring the body in to-night.

Another scout of the Sixteenth Ohio Regiment was shot yesterday. The body was seen to be inside of the rebels' pickets.

Griffin, who was thought killed at the same time with Martin, has returned. He had fallen from his horse, but managed to escape.--Skulking rebels are firing on our soldiers, and especially on the scouts, constantly. Only two, however, are known to have been killed as yet. Our forces are impatient for permission to retaliate on the rebels' fire from the bushes, without calling for a halt or making any attempt to capture.

A scout returned to-day, after being two days inside the enemy's pickets. At their advanced camp, near Burlington, 13 miles from Phillippi, he saw five pieces of artillery, and is confident their force is not over 2,000. He learned they expected five regiments--two of South Carolinians, two of Tennesseeans, and one of Virginians, under Wise, to-day.

The rebels are still in force at Beverley, Huttonsville, and Cheat Mountain Gap.

Our position at Phillippi is splendidly fortified. An attack on one side or the other must come soon. Our troops can hardly be held back. Capt. Benham, of the Engineer Corps, is in command of the Eighth and Tenth Indiana Regiments.

It is expected that to-night telegraphic communication with Cumberland will be opened again. Nothing further is known about the loss on either side at the burning of the Piedmont bridge. The rebels there supposed they had relieved Romney.

The position of the Zouaves at Cumberland is thought to be extremely hazardous.

Rebel scouts are found within ten miles of our lines here, on the road to Cumberland. This is thought to indicate a considerable force in that direction to be near. Hines, of Indianapolis, has been appointed aid to General Morris, vice Col. Hassall.

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