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Major-General G. W, Smith.

--The President has confirmed the important commission of Major-General upon Major G. W. Smith, late Superintendent of Streets for the city of New York. General Smith is a native of Kentucky; and was one of the distinguished class of cadets that graduate at West Point in 1846. He graduated at the head of his class, and beat McClellan for the highest honors of the institution. He went into the Corps of Engineers of the army, and in that capacity served through the Mexican war, winning a higher reputation in army circles than any other officer of his grade in the service, and was brevetted a Major. By the universal attestation of all the old army, he is a man of extraordinary abilities. Gen. Smith goes up to Manassas this morning, and will take command of the army heretofore commanded by Gen. Joseph E. Johnston, Gen. Beauregard retaining command of his own. Gen. Johnston will assume general command of the two columns. It may be safely said that these three Generals present an array of talent and skill not to be equalled on the continent.

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