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The War News.

There has been very little change in the situation around Petersburg in the last twenty-four hours. The shelling of the town on Wednesday was regular from 2 to 5 o'clock in the afternoon. It appears that some movement is likely to be made soon by Grant; but whether it is that "brilliant" one mentioned by Yankee correspondents we are unable to say. Persons from Prince George say that he is massing his troops around City Point, and that large bodies of his soldiers have recently been moved to that point. His headquarters are also there. It is probable that these movements may have been those of Hancock's and Wright's corps, on their way to embark to Washington; or it may be that Grant is getting his troops in position to be thrown suddenly across the river and precipitated on our lines in Chesterfield. Unfortunately for this scheme, he will find the same General and troops in front of him which he now finds at Petersburg. On Wednesday the Yankee batteries Nos. 1, 2, 3, and 5, and a battery on Hare's farm, opened upon our position on this side of the Appomattox and shelled for awhile without doing anybody any harm. In Petersburg yesterday all was quiet, there being no shelling. A rumor was current, which was not believed, that the enemy had abandoned his entrenchments on the left of his line — that is to say, on Baxter's road, on which is Avery's farm, just north of the Jerusalem plankroad.

The enemy at Suffolk.

The Yankee cavalry again occupy Suffolk, and the cars run daily from Norfolk to that place. Their pickets are at Cohoon's Mill, four miles this side of Suffolk. Mr. Samuel Ely, a prominent citizen of Nansemond, was arrested some days ago and carried off to prison. His wife had her clothes torn from her body, and a sum of money concealed about her person stolen from her. Sheridan's forces passed through Suffolk four or five days ago, supposed to be on their way to Maryland, but their destination was not positively known.

From Charleston.

The enemy on Morris Island show considerable activity in shelling Fort Sumter. On Saturday last they fired 170 shots at it. During the shelling Wednesday, Capt. John Mitchell, the commander, was struck, and died from his wound about five o'clock in the afternoon. He was a son of John Mitchell, Esq., of this city, and had been for some time in command of the post. He was distinguished for his ability as an engineer and his bravery as a soldier.--This son was about 27 years of age, and is the second Mr. Mitchell has lost during the war. One fell at Gettysburg last year.

From Georgia.

The telegrams from Georgia show that the enemy is to advance no farther, nor to stay where he is, without fighting.--Gen. Hood on Wednesday attacked and drove them into their works. An official dispatch received yesterday at the War Department from Atlanta, dated the 20th instant, says: ‘"At three o'clock to-day a portion of Hardee's and Stewart's corps drove the enemy into his breastworks. On our extreme right the enemy attacked Wheeler's cavalry with infantry, and were handsomely repulsed."’

An official telegram received yesterday announces that the raiding party of the enemy who cut the Montgomery and West Point Railroad, on Tuesday, at Oluskagee, was on Wednesday attacked by our troops and driven off, with considerable loss.

Evacuation of the Trans-Mississippi.

The most important intelligence of the day is the fact, officially ascertained, that the enemy's force heretofore operating in Louisiana, Arkansas, and other States west of the Mississippi river, are all now on this side, having evacuated both of those States, with the exception of some garrison troops remaining. Gen. Canby, the General who superseded Banks, of "paper collar" memory, is on this side for the purpose of attacking Mobile. --The force which has just been whipped from Tupelo, Miss., by Gen. Stephen D. Lee, was intended to co-operate with him, and the cutting of the Montgomery and West Point railroad, one of the feeders of Mobile, was another part of his programme. The Yankees are evidently pushing the policy of concentration to the uttermost. Mobile will not be taken by Mr. Canby by assault nor siege, nor is it probable that the United States will ever hold the State of Louisiana again.

Complimentary Oredr.

The following letter from the Secretary of War explains itself:

General — I have the honor to acknowledge your letter of the 19th inst., accompanying the transmission of the flags recently taken by Gen. Mahone's command, and his report of the engagement and of the gallant captors of the flags. The whole affair was brilliant, reflecting the highest credit on the skill and judgment of the General, and the dash and valor of his troops. The trophies are received with pride and satisfaction by the Department, and the names of the brave captors shall be published and preserved in the archives of the Department on the Roll of Honor, for the grateful appreciation and future emulation of their admiring countrymen.

Very respectfully yours,

(Signed,) James A. Seddon,
Secretary of War.

The troops participating in this affair were Wright's Georgia Brigade, Harris's Mississippi Brigade, and Mahone's Brigade, the latter commanded by Col. D. A. Weisiger.

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