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The war News.

The city was considerably excited yesterday by a report that the expedition which sailed southward from Fortress Monroe on Monday last, under command of Gen. B. F. Butler, had attacked and captured Fort Hatteras, on the North Carolina coast. The authority for this report was the subjoined statement in the columns of the Petersburg Express, of yesterday:

‘ We learn from a source every way reliable that at an early hour Thursday morning it became evident to the small Confederate force stationed at Fort Hatteras, on the coast of North Carolina, that the fleet, which was first discovered off Hatteras Tuesday evening, contemplated an attack at that point. About half-past 9 o'clock the powerful vessels opened fire on the Fort. The fire was vigorously returned, but after twenty rounds from the Fort the ammunition became exhausted, and the entire garrison, under command of Captain Barron, late of the United States Navy, surrendered, and were made prisoners by Butter and his vandals.

’ We have been unable to learn the loss of life, if any. Had ammunition been abundant, it is scarcely probable that the Confederates could have maintained their position against a fleet which combined 100 powerful guns, and a fighting force of 4,000 men. The garrison, we hear, consisted of but 830 men, not all of whom, it is thought, were fit for duty. It is stated that when the ammunition became exhausted, the men sallied out to the beach and with their muskets made every effort to prevent the Hessians from landing, but the war steamers immediately poured into their midst such a shower of shell, that they were forced to take shelter behind the fort.

The fort was erected but a few months since, and it is not presumed that it is of a very formidable character. It was built for only 20 guns, and it is not believed that all of this number were in position.

Those familiar with the fort and the coast generally, inform us, that without the co-operation of a fleet outside, (which the Confederate Government cannot command,) it will require a force of 30,000 men to dislodge the Yankees. We know that several regiments are now on their way to the sort from various points, and if there is any possibility of casting the vandals, it will be done. The position is of great consequence to the Confederate Government, and it must be retaken at all hazards.

We understand that great excitement prevail at Goldsboro' and other towns in Eastern Carolina, but the late hour last night at which we gathered such particulars as are here given, prevented us from receiving such details by telegraph as we made every effort to obtain.

If the foregoing statement be correct, the fact that the fortification was supplied with but twenty rounds of ammunition shows a remarkable want of preparation, and we suppose that Congress, if satisfied of the truth of the report, has already adopted such measures as may be necessary in the case. In the editorial columns of the Dispatch will be found comments upon the affair, with a statement of the locality of Fort Hatteras and its value as a strategic position. The telegraph informs us that the Federals received information touching the fortifications from a Yankee Captain who effected his escape from a privateer.


From the Kanawha Valley.

Advices from Gen. Floyd's command, dated Friday, 23d August, at Camp Gauley, have been received in this city. They are not so late as the enemy's dispatches from Cincinnati, but make more clear our movements in that quarter. Camp Gauley is below Summerville, on Gauley river, in Nicholas county. The writer says: "We have been constantly moving for a week, and have crossed the Gauley river and occupied the important position recently held by the enemy. We have had some skirmishing upon our pickets on our march, but not amounting to much. We had three men wounded in Captain Buchanan's company. Our scouts killed and wounded twenty or thirty of the enemy, and took some prisoners every day. We are now expecting to make a decisive movement against Gen. Cox in the Kanawha Valley.--Up to this time our advance has been extremely prosperous, and we think beneficial to the public service. If we can succeed in driving the Yankees from the Kanawha Valley, we shall have done essential service to the State. We have been passing over the wildest and roughest region of the State I have ever seen. Our toils have been great, but the people of the Brigade have borne them without a single murmur. I have been out of house every night, and for some days together, without a tent, and in continued rains for days and nights at a time, without any injury to health whatever. We captured the enemy's mail, out of which we took the endorsed letter and many hundred others. This letter thus gives the lie to stories from Cincinnati of numerous killings and captures of our forces by the Yankees in the Kanawha country.

The "decisive movement" spoken of by the writer seems to have been made, as the enemy's telegraph from Cincinnati, of the 27th, says that "Col. Taylor's command, on the Kanawha, was badly defeated by the Confederates a few days ago." The envelope of the letter referred to is ornamented with several gibbets, with men suspended by the neck Isabelle "Davis," "Beauregard," "Toombs," "Floyd, " "Yancey," "Twiggs," "Rhett &Co."


Reports from the Potomac.

Passengers by the Central train yesterday reported that fighting was going on the previous day in the neighborhood of Annandale, Fairfax county, and that fifty of the enemy were killed and six taken prisoners. The loss on the Southern side was not stated; but as our troops had passed Annandale at the latest accounts, and were between Shuter's Hill and Arlington Heights, the probability is that the enemy suffered a decided repulse. The Washington telegrams report that a considerable force of the enemy had advanced to meet the Confederates, probably on Wednesday. They admit the loss of "several" killed and wounded in a skirmish. The Lynchburg Republican, of yesterday, has the following:

‘ A skirmish occurred on Wednesday morning last, at Annandale, six miles below Fairfax Court-House, on the turnpike road leading to Alexandria, between our pickets and those of the enemy, the result of which was equal to some of the pitched battiest which we have had to record. Our picket consisted of an entire company, some 75 or 100 men, while that of the enemy was still larger. The pickets were brought into direct conflict, and the battle was waged with considerable fierceness for some time, the result of which was the loss of three men killed on our side, while the Russians had ten killed and fifteen taken prisoners. Eight of the prisoners were sent to Richmond yesterday by the Central train

’ The Republican also publishes the following extract from a letter dated Fairfax C. H. Tuesday, August 27:

‘ "The Home Guard returned late yesterday evening from Falls Church, and report the killing of six of the enemy's pickets. We lost none. The Home Guard say they killed two, and that two of our independent scouts killed four of the enemy. Our company (the Rifle Greys) are just about to start out on picket, and it is said we will go to Annandale this time. A Georgia regiment belonging to our brigade left here last night for Falls Church, with several pieces of artillery."

’ Everything indicates the early occurrence of startling events upon the Potomac. If the enemy can be made to leave his strongholds and meet our troops in the open field, there will be a great and perhaps a decisive battle. Meanwhile we must wait with patience, trusting in the skill of our Generals, the valor of our troops, and the overruling Providence who has thus far signally favored our cause.


Postscript.

At a late hour last night the telegraph brought a confirmation of the capture of Forts Hatteras and Clarke, with some particulars of the engagement, which, we regret to say, resulted disastrously to our arms.

The Portsmouth Transcript, of yesterday, says that the Georgia regiment has been sent forward to the point of invasion. Preparations are progressing to repel the invader.

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