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The Yankees on the James River.

Yesterday morning the report was received that the day before an iron clad, two gunboats and five transports, had appeared at Lower Brandon and landed 5,000 troops. Later in the day advices were received at the War Department that two monitors, eight gunboats, and a transport, had appeared at the point named, but had landed no troops. It is not likely that the Yankees would land any force on the South side of James river for any other purpose than that of devastating the crops and running off negroes. They would hardly attempt an "on to Petersburg" with the feeble force they have in Eastern Virginia. The movement, if it can be dignified by that name, evidently has theft for its object.

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