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The report of the evacuation of Columbus, Ky., is based upon the following dispatch from Commodore Foote, dated Cairo, March 1st:

Lieut. Commanding Phelps, sent with a flag of truce to-day to Columbus, has this moment seturned, and reports that Columbus is being evacuated. He saw the rebels burning their winter quarters, and removing their heavy guns on the bluffs. But the guns in the water batteries remain intact. He also saw a large force of cavalry drawn up ostentatiously on the bluffs but no infantry was to be seen as heretofore. The encampment seen in our armed reconnoisance a few days since, has been removed. Large fires were visible in the town of Columbus, and upon the river banks below, indicating the destruction of the town, military stores and equipments.

A. H. Foote, Flag Officer.

The death of Gen. Lander.

Gen. Frederick W. Lander, whose death has already been announced, was one of the most popular officers in the Federal army; though the only point of his career which in other days directed public attention towards him, was his superintendence of the construction of the overland wagon road to Callfornia. The circumstances of his death are given in the following dispatch from Washington, dated March 2d:

Gen. Lander died this afternoon, at Paw Paw, Western Virginia, between Romney and Winchester, from the debilitating effects of his wound received at Edwards's Ferry.--His body is on the way to this city, where his widow resides.

Gen Lander had every attention which his old and well, tried friends around him could bestow. His death was somewhat sudden. It was not until 5 o'clock this evening that his wife received intelligence of his illness.

General Shields succeeds General Lander in command.

Gen. Banks's division.

The New York Herald, of the 3rd, says:

Gen. Banks's division still rests in the vicinity of Charlestown, Va. No accident or interruption marred his advance. The condition of the country from Harper's Ferry presents the usual appearance of agricultural prosperity. Negroes are flocking in to the nes of General Banks in large numbers.--Various reports as to the movements of the rebels at Winchester were circulared, but as they come from refugees and contribands, no reliance is placed on them. in the camp at Charlestown.

Hisoellaneous items.

Montgomery, who is known as the Kansas Jayhawker, has had the command of the Third Kansas Regiment taken from him. He has been ordered to take the position of Lieut. Colonel.

Gov. Morton, of Indiana, proposes to reclothe all of the Fort Donelson prisoners in that State with the condemned shoddy uniforms now piled up at Indianapolis.

The Treasury Department has ordered the cotton taken at Nashville, valued at $100,000, to be sent to New York.

It is reported that the Tuscarora has arrived at Gibraltar, where the Sumter still remains without coal.

The Northern papers say the report of Gen. Beaureguard's illness is unfounded. He left Corinth for Columbus on the 19th ult.

The Chicago Tribune's dispatches assert that the Confederates at Murfreesboro', were surrounded by Buell's forces; that they offered to surrender the position it they would be allowed to march out with the honors of war, which Gen. Buell refused, and demanded their unconditional surrender. All humbug.

The Northern papers announce the probable loss of the old line-of battle ship Vermont, in the Guif stream. Two gunboats had been dispatched to make a search for her.

The parties recently arrested in Alexandria have been ledged in the old Capitol prison at Washington.

Lincoln has appointed John Cochrane a Brigadier. General, and sent the nomination to the Senate.

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