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Miscellaneous war items.

It is now denied that Gen. Wool is to relieve Butler in the command of Fort Monroe. The latter has obtained leave of absence for a few days, to visit Washington on business.

A Washington correspondent of a Baltimore paper says: ‘"Operations on the Potomac for the protection of navigation will soon be necessary, inasmuch as the ice boats destined for the supply of this city with this essential requirement have been captured by the Confederates."’

According to the Washington Star, a considerable number of regimental and company officers are daily resigning. The reason is, doubtless, that they have seen quite enough of service, although the Star ascribes it to other causes.

That there has been much insubordination among the Hessians at Newport News, is true. In New York First Regiment it amounted to nearly mutiny. Gen. Butler went there a few days ago to put an end to it, and had a large quantity of liquor destroyed.

The Vermont Regiment at Newport News was to leave for home on Sunday last. The small force remaining probably led to the evacuation of the place on Monday. The Yankees doubtless look upon this movement as a Providential escape from annihilation.

The Wilmington Journal says that sundry Federal steamers have been ‘"flying around" ’ lately along the North Carolina coast. None of them have yet dropped in. The boys would rather have a little interchange of civilities with them than not.

Gen. Fremont has arrived at Cairo with a fleet of eight steamers, containing four regiments and some detached companies, which were landed at Bird's Point. Black Republican authorities say there is now a force of 8,000 Federals there.

News from General Banks' ‘"Army of the Shenandoah"’ is unimportant. One of the most important items is that a Federal and a ‘"rebel"’ picket met midway in the river, exchanged a Baltimore Sun for a Richmond Enquirer, and, after taking ‘"a friendly drink"’ together, exchanged canteens.

The ‘"glorious"’ Doubleday, now with General Banks, tried the range and accuracy of his rifled siege-guns the other day, and found the ‘"range almost interminable and their accuracy astonishing."’

Detachments of Yankees are daily detailed to work on the railroad and bridge at Harper's Ferry. According to their own accounts, it will shortly be passable; but their accounts, are seldom, if ever, worthy of belief.

The New York World (abolition) represents that recruiting goes on slowly in that city and State. Lincoln may yet have to resort to a draft to fill up his army, which will cause a stampede of Yankees to the remote corners of the earth. The new eleven regiments had not, at last accounts, a full company apiece.

The New York Times is complimentary to Harry Magraw, now a prisoner in Virginia. It says: ‘"If the rebels will only hold on to him it will be a saving to the United States. He is one of the Pennsylvania soldiers of fortune, who engineered the swindling beef contract, and who has had more jobs worked through than any other man."’

A regiment of Zouaves is now being formed in Tennessee for the army of the Confederate States, to serve during the war. The regiment is to be armed with rifles and sabre bayonets, and uniformed in the regular Zouave costume of the French. It is to be commanded by Colonel J. G. Anglade, who was for several years connected with that service in Europe.

In the late advices from Fortress Monroe, it is stated that an educated German, a private belonging to the Tenth New York Regiment, has been arrested there for ‘"holding correspondence with the enemy."’ A letter to General Lee was found on his person. Ambition for advancement is supposed to have been his principal motive. His letter contained no revelations of importance concerning the Fortress.

The Indiana volunteers engaged in the Western Virginia raid and the Rich Mountain affair, have returned home, and but precious few will ever go back. Many of them have been heard to declare that their casualties were ten times as much as represented in the dispatches, and that the Georgia boys were as brave as lions, and nothing but overwhelming numbers won the day.

Mrs. Meriwether, of Guadalupe county, Texas, has three sons in Col. H. E. McCulloch's regiment, whom she equipped at her own expense. She says a further son is ready to take the place of either of the three, should any accident befall them. She also informs Mr. Ireland, the Confederate Loan agent of Seguin, that she will give every pound of cotton she raises to the Confederate cause, and will attend to the gathering herself to see that all is saved.

Gen. Beauregard's watch stopped during the great battle of Manassas. Quartermaster L. M. Hatch visiting Richmond soon after, was requested to deliver the watch to a watchmaker for repairs. On examining it, the artisan found nothing the matter beyond a jar or shock, and immediately set it agoning. On delivering the watch to General Beauregard, Col. Hatch remarked, ‘"General, your watch, like yourself, cannot run under fire."’

The Charleston Courier has information which authorizes the belief that traitorous communication has been had with the blockading fleet from some points of the coast between Charleston and Savannah. A small sloop was recently overhauled containing five hundred chickens and other supplies, evidently intended for a Lincoln market. The crew of the sloop escaped in a small boat into a creek.

The Charleston Courier asks if arrangements cannot be made for a distribution of the prisoners now in Richmond through the Southern States? The States having penitentiaries might take some and have them put to work; and others could be distributed in small groups to avoid trouble in guarding and to remove from some citizens of Virginia the opportunity of making themselves conspicuous for ostentatious benevolence exclusively directed towards our enemies.

Says the New York World: ‘"Although the Rhode Island battery is reported safe, the fficers have failed to find it, though searching all the afternoon."’

Hon William H. Stiles, who recently came to Virginia as a private in the ranks of the Etowah Guards, has been empowered by President Davis to raise, a regiment in Georgia, for immediate service.

The Fredericksburg News learns by ‘"private express that our forces won another glorious victory above the Chain Bridge, six miles from Georgetown, on Thursday, last week. Why did not the private express bring the details?’"

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