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Latest from the North.

the fight at Fort Donelson.

reported capture of 15,000 Confederate troops, with Gens. Johnson, Buckner, and Pillow--Floyd Escapes, &c.
Slidell in Paris.



Napoleon ready for Southern Recognition.

operations of the Sumter.
&c., &c., &c.


Norfolk, Feb. 18.
--A flag of truce to-day from Fortress Monroe brings Northern papers to the 17th inst.

The Baltimore Sun, extra, of the 17th, two o'clock P. M., states that Fort Donelson was surrendered on the 16th instant, and 15,000 prisoners, including Generals Johnson, Buckner, and Pillow.

A dispatch from Chicago, 17th, says the right wing of the Federal army commenced storming the Fort at noon to-day, taking the right wing of the enemy's fortification, over which the Stars and Stripes are now floating. The opposing forces are now almost breast to breast, ready to open the work of death upon each other at any moment.

A later dispatch, dated at Cincinnati, 17th instant, says Fort Donelson was taken on yesterday with 15,000 prisoners, including Generals Johnson, Buckner, and Pillow.

The news was announced in the representative branch of Congress, in Washington, by Mr. Colfax, on yesterday, and he said he was authorized by Gen. McClellan to make the statement.

Gen. Floyd escaped.

The loss was great on both sides.

A dispatch from St. Louis, on the 16th, says Gen. Halleck has received dispatches from Gen. Curtis, stating that Gen. Price's rear guard was overtaken in pursuit from Springfield. The rebels escaped, leaving their wagons and baggage.

[Second Dispatch.]

Norfolk, Feb. 18.
--(Received at 10 o'clock P. M.)--The Northern papers, of the 17th inst., state that six companies of the 8th New Hampshire regiment sailed from Boston on the 16th inst., bound for Ship Island.

The New York cotton market on Saturday closed irregularly, at 28 to 29 cents for middling Uplands.

The latest advices from Mexico state that the people of Mexico are united in their determination to resist the European invasion.

A large amount of hospital stores have been sent to Roanoke Island.

The ship Macaulay, of Baltimore, was boarded by the privateer Sumter, near Genoa, but was allowed to proceed.

The Federal steamer Primero was lost at sea, in a recent gale. The crew were saved.

The 9th Rhode Island battery, and a portion of the Engineer regiment, sailed for Port Royal on the 17th inst.

Mr. Slidell had arrived in Paris. The Southerners in Paris think that he will soon accomplish the objects of his mission.

Ex-Speaker Pennington, of New Jersey, died on the 10th inst.

The Paris correspondent of the New York Herald says that the Emperor Napoleon is ready to recognize the independence of the Southern Confederacy, but was waiting for England to act first. The correspondent says that Lord Palmerston is afraid to make the first move.

The privateer Sumter was at Gibraltar on the 2d inst., which created great consternation among the American ship-masters at Marseilles.

The American question, as affecting the supply of cotton, has been debated in the Manchester Chamber of Commerce, and a great desire was manifested that the war should be brought to a close.

The sales of cotton in Liverpool on the 1st instant were 5,000 bales. Prices were unchanged.

At London, consols were quoted at 93.

The New York stock market on Saturday last closed steady.

The Roanoke Island prisoners are on their way to New York.

A dispatch from St. Louis, 16th instant, states that General Mitchell had crossed Barren river and is in possession of Bowling Green.

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