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New York and Baltimore papers, to the 25th instant, inclusive, furnish the following interesting summary:


From Petersburg and vicinity.

The 13th corps, under Gen Smith has crossed the Appomattox river and joined Grant's main body.

The Washington Star of Friday, 24th learns from parties arriving from the front than whilst the 2d and 3rd corps, Hancock's and Wright's, were making, on Wednesday last, a flank movement to the left, in the direction of the Petersburg and Weldon Railroad, they were suddenly attacked by the Confederates in strong force, who struck the left of Hancock's corps, and, rolling it up, captured a number of prisoners. At the same time they fell upon the rear of the second brigade, of the third division, and caused great embarrassment to the latter; but subsequently. it is asserted, the Confederate advance was checked. The 2nd New York battery lost four guns.

The fighting around Petersburg is spoken of us unparalleled for "desperation and valor," and the losses on both sides "enormous." This is a sure sign that the Yankee losses have been frightfully heavy. As sure a sign is the following from the Herald:

‘ The desperately hard fights continued through three days at the entrenchments around Petersburg are without a parallel in this war. No such battles as these are fought to Europe, and with any two European armies, face to face, one or the other would inevitably give way before there had been a of the carnage that marked the assaults of Thursday, Friday and Saturday last.


From Northern Georgia.

Gen Sherman's dispatch of Tuesday evening (21st) states that, in spite of very heavy rains, his front has been pushed forward, and an important position gained by Gen Howard. A desperate at tack was made by the enemy the night previous to regain his old position. Seven assaults were made on Gen Whittaker's brigade, of Stanley's division, on Monday night, in which the rebels lost seven hundred men, two hundred being left dead in Whittaker's front.

A heavy artillery fire followed the attack under which our position was fortified and made quittance. Gen Sherman reports that his cavalry is now across Noonday creek, and a portion of his intently across Mosescreek. He says that the fighting was very severe, and the resistance offered by the enemy stubborn and protracted.


Heavy advance in Corp.

The Herald, of the 23d, gives the following financial and commercial report for the preceding day:

‘ These was no settled price for gold to-day. It varied from 200 to 230, and were reported even higher. Some of the heavien tuition brokers refused to buy or sell until the market became settled. Late in the afternoon brokers were buying at 205 and selling at 210.

The rise in gold completely uncoiled the values of all kinds of merchandise, foreign and domestic, and everything at the close was entirely nominal. At the Produce Exchange the markets were very much excited, and prices materially advanced.

’ The Herald, in its editorial column, remarks:

‘ Since the passage of the gold bill by Congress, buying and selling the precious metal have ceased in the Stock Exchange. There are no longer any official quotations of its price. A few reckless speculators, many of them with more sympathy with Jeff Davis than the Union cause, have taken advantage of this condition of , and are announcing gold at all prices, from 200 to 230. Others have increased the excitement for the purpose of accumpliabing the repeal or a modification of the new law.

The absurd legislation of Congress has surely interfered with the legitimate business of our merchants. Importers are unable purchase foreign exchange to meet their debts abroad. Those who have been dealing in that article refuse to sell, for they are unable to tell how they can meet their obligations in gold. The foreign exchange dealers, in fact, declare that their occupation, like Othello at is gone

’ The following paragraph in from the same paper:

‘ A meeting of the banners and merchants was held at noon yesterday at the rooms of the Chamber of Commerce, to consider the course of action to take in relation to the operation of the gold bill on the trade and commerce of this city. There were different opinions expressed as to its effect on Wall street — some holding it up as a necessary measure to check the gambling in the precious metal, which was deranging the business of the country to the detriment of the credit of the country. It was asserted by some that the great rise in the price of gold was to be attributed to she agency of rebel sympathizers, and should be met by prompt legislative action.--It was as necessary to put down rebel sympathizers on change as it was to crush their friends on the battle field. After a discussion, in which divers views were advanced, a committee of five were appointed to visit Washington, in whose hands the matter rests.

’ The New York Times, of the 21th, reports as follows.

‘ The billion brokers bought gold at from 205 to 212, and sold at 210 to 215 per cent; market rate quiet at, close, 203 to 210 per cent; no currency rate established for bills on London.

’ The Baltimore Gazette, of Saturday, says:

‘ Gold was quoted on the street and at the brokers' offices to day (24th) at from 214 to 216. U S 5.20's declined ½ closing at 105½ U S certificates declined heavily, selling down to 96⅔. The tone of the market was dull, with no disposition to operate until the military situation becomes clearer.

In New York to-day (24th) Tenn sixes 59, Va sixes 52, North Carolinas 59; no quotation of gold.


Affairs in Washington — defeat of the commutation Appeal clause in the Conscription bill-- in Washington, Etc.

A telegram from Washington, dated the 21st inst, says:

‘ The United States dispatch boat, Capt Mitchell, left the Navy Yard-to-day, with President Lincoln and the Assistant Secretary of the Navy for City Point.

It is understood that Mr Lincoln and Assistant Secretary Fox have gone to the front to consult upon the future programme of the campaign.

To day's session of the House was assigned for the consideration of the business of the Military Committee, and was entirely occupied by it. It went on quite smoothly until the bill repealing the commutation clause of the Enrollment act came up. It was evident from the first that a large majority was opposed to repealing it, and the additional section, prohibiting the furnishing of substitutes unless near relatives of the drafted man did not aid it in the least.

Mr Schenack argued in favor of the bill, and urged its passage as virally necessary to carrying on the war; but it was of no use. A majority of two to one string out the first section, repealing the commutation; settled the matter, for the present at least. There was very little excitement manifested, but the House was very full and the vote large. If the war is to go on the repeal of the commutation cause is regarded as a necessity but it is evident that neither Congress nor the people are prepared for it yet.

The question of the adjournment of Congress is constantly agitated. The Democrat are ready at any moment. The Administration men are anxious to secure the passage of all the important measures, and all are working industriously to get them through this week. It is expected that they will all be through by Thursday of next week.

The subscriptions to the ten forty loan reported at the Treasury to day amount to only $135,000.

Rebel guerrilas have burned the wharf at Aquia creek, and have also attempted to destroy nearly all the wharves a long the north bank of the James river. The latter were smoking yesterday as the mail steamer passed. An effort was made by the crews of the gunboats to extinguish the fire at Aquia, but without success.

The President has nominated for judge Advocate General, with the rank of Brigadier, Joseph Holt, of Kentucky, the present incumbent, and for Assistant Judge Advocate General, with rank of Colonel, Maj Wm McKea Dend, of Indians.

Gen. Gilmore, who has been relieved of command, and ordered to report at Washington to await further orders, has arrived here.

A large quantity of contraband goods was brought in yesterday from Prince William county, Va, where they had been captured by our cavalry.

The 18th Indiana regiment passed through Washington to-day, for home, its term of service having expired.


The Confederate rams--

Some of the Confederate rams went down James river on the 12th, and the result of their visit is thus described by a letter to a Yankee paper:

‘ Three of the rebel rams came down the river nearly to Dutch Cap, and were fired on by our monitors across the wooded neck between our vessels and the rebel iron clads. It is not know whether any of them were struck or not, as the firing was not to accurate as it might have been could our gunners have seen them. As if was the shots were directed by signal

After having reconnoitered and found our squadron in its proper place, the rams steamed slow it up the river again. It is hardly possible that the rems should come down in the face of our meatotomy but if they do there will be one of the liveliest and most extraordinary contests on record — The river is so narrow at that part that the vessels will have no opportunity of and hard knocks will only decide the right. Our officers court the trial, confident of their ability to come off victors.

Lieutenant General Grant and Major General Butler were on the Agawam, having an interview with Rear Admiral Lee, at the time of the approach of the rams, and witnessed the firing of the heavy guns from the monitors.


Miscellaneous.

The meeting at Mozart Hall, Tuesday night, did not go off as peace men desired. Fernando Wood offered two peace resolutions, and urged their adoption. Mr Harrington assailed Mr. Wood in a litter speech, which was loudly cheered by those present. Mr Wood withdrew its resolutions to prevent them being voted down. His peace faction is evidently coming to grief.

The Executive committee of the National Democratic Committee has decided to postpone the time of meeting of the Chicago Presidential Nominating Convention from the 4th of July to 29th of August.

A correspondent from Sheridan's cavalry speaks of the casualties from "bushwhackers" on their return to the White House. A number of "for agers" are reported killed by them. One Yankee was found killed, with "three bag of ours beside him."

Brig Gen W T H Brooks has been ordered to the command of the 10th corps, in place of Gillmore, who is in disgrace, and has been ordered to Washington.

The Philadelphia Inquirer, of the 231, states that a private in the 12th in assactitlsells "nigger" regiment, was executed a few days since on Jordan's Hill, near Petersburg for an attempted outrage on the person of a young lady in New Kent, a few days since.

When the dispatches announcing the "success" of Gen Smith's movement on Petersburg, and the galantine of the negro troops, were read in the House Thursday, they were received with applause on the Republican side, which was joined in by some of the Democrat, but most of them remained Allen and unmoved.

The 9th Michigan regiment left Crant's army for home on the 19th last, their three years having expired. Only about a hundred of the original men remained.

The fighting before Petersburg has been by the 2d, 9th and 19th corps the 5th being in reserve.

There is to be a daily boat between City Point and Washington.

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