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War in South Carolina.

The Charleston Mercury of Wednesday 4th last, we copy the following acthe engagement on James Island, on day:

early hour a dispatch was received Gen. Gust, announcing that the enemy, landed a force below Secessionville. met and repulsed. It was added casualties on our side were Later dispatches brought further parts of the affair. The troops engaged Holcom be Legion, the Charleston and a detachment of the E the whole under command of Col. No artillery, we understand, The enemy was forces back, and flanking parties, consisting of twenty was captured near Mr. Legare's. The capture was effected by a gallant of the Irish volunteers Capt. Myan, Charleston R. Flamen, Lieut. Walter. dispatch from Secessionville, resist last night, states that our casual-none killed, and ten wounded-- them seriously.

The enemy, repulsed on land, opened a from his gunboats upon our posting the line of the Stone, particularly his attentions to Reyward's and regiments and to the Entaw battle. The fire was kept up with singular up to 11 o'clock, no damage had Several of the enemy's said to have burst near Gen. Gist, that officer with sand. At night the and rain became on exceedingly but all night long the enemy man regular intervale, the object, being to snatch rest from our The number of hostile vessels yesterday was far greater than after the fearful gale that raged we shall neither be surprised nor to-day that our coast is strewn a shattered wreck.

of the Captive Captain.

Pennsylvania Captain, (Ciln,) who the captured party, is quite com- but the information contained in is so and of so improbable purpose, that it is scarcely worth re that his company, forming the strength or commander of does not know, left Hilton Head on On Monday they ascended the and were landed at on Mr. where they passed the night. on Tuesday they begin their march Secessionville, and after having ad about a mile and a half, they encounter skirmishers. The engagement was opened with musketry on both.

The Southern troops were posted along of a word, while the Yankees sought behind a green hedge. Thus the fight kept up at long range, for about two miles when the Yankee forces began to fall back, leaving their prisoners, who formed a small flanking party, unsupported. The admit that they were taken in by Captain Ryan's command.

The regard to the present movements of and their designs, the statements Yankee Captain are not worth the would occupy in our columns.

The casualties.

The Charleston Courier, of Thursday, says:

‘ Et wan, arrived at an early Wednesday morning from Fort Johnson, of the wounded in the fight of , and two wounded prisoners. Those were Lieut. Hopkins, of the Sumter Sergeant Lee, of the Irish Volunteers, of the Beauregard Light W. L. Macbeth, of the Sum . These were met on the arrival by friends, and the utt then. Private Hart Irish Volunteers, was the only of member of that company wounded, in Private killed, and wounded. All the rest are reported.

Thos. Y. Simons, of the Charleston Infantry, was slightly wounded by which burst near him, wounded Lieut, Clarken and Sergeant Rumors of another fight early Wednesday morning were , but proven some slight picket skirmishing-- continued broughout the to either side so far as we . A report that the enemy's fleet Stone bar is also believed to be with , although the heavy blow of every night may have had its off in them to run out to sea or seek at Fort Royal.

exists as to the landing of a console force of the enemy on both John and Islands. The indications point strongly engagement and severe fight. Our already given the enemy a fore the work before them. When ever we confidently took forward to successful result in driving the in and permanently cheering

The day of Fatal at hand.

The regard to the situation of affairs at the Mercury, of Wednesday, has :

the number of gunboats and vessels of Charleston and in the Stone the landing of troops and the con ing kept up upon the chore of James' yesterday, it seems that the attack on is imminent. It is believed that Burnside here, and that the day of upon us. The guns of our forts and of our troops are about to come . The gunboats of the enemy , we judge, been yet subject to the batteries its protect our harbor-- they have a number of Mont rs,, two by no means believe, they are likely for the venture in running such . With the breastworks on James' troops can make a strong, and, we defence, even against great , or numbers, which is not very likely, tightly informed.

people are calm and prepared for a . Except the example for , workships, Danks' and newspaper the foreign population, few are no ranks of the army. We save every stake in the struggle, and little to of failure. We trust the defence in 1862 will ever be memor forts her and its effect upon the day. It must be worthy of the cause, of the old city, and of the Palmetto.

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