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From the South side.

On Thursday evening last a Yankee force, supposed to embrace several thousand, advanced to Blackwater ford, and, after driving back the Confederate pickets, took possession of the ford, which they held until early Friday morning. This ford is about fourteen miles from Franklin and eight from Ivor station. On Thursday morning early a detachment of Southern troops made a brilliant and successful attack upon an encampment of the enemy in the vicinity of Suffolk. Such was the suddenness and vigor of the assault that the Yankees, apprehending the presence of a large Confederate force, fled precipitately, and were pursued to the limits of the town of Suffolk. In this attack the enemy had eleven killed and several wounded.--Our force engaged in this assault consisted of but one hundred and ten men.

The enemy again advanced to Blackwater bridge on Friday, and made an attack upon our pickets at that point. On hearing of their approach a mounted regiment, under Col. Claiborne and Lt.-Col Taliaferro, hurried to meet them; but as soon as the enemy saw the regiment, they hastily retired in the direction of Zuni. Here they were engaged by our pickets, who held them in check until a portion of the regiment arrived, when a skirmish occurred in which they lost some fifteen killed and wounded. One company admitted a loss of six. It is believed they made their way back to Suffolk.

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