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A copy of the Baltimore Gazette, of the 21st, was received last night, from the news summary of which we have the following: ‘ From the Army of the Potomac we have nothing to report beyond occasional artillery firing, chiefly in front of the 9.h corps. For several days past a general attack on the part of the Confederates has been expected, and preparations made to meet it, but no demonstration of the kind took place. ’ We are informed that Gen. Crook succeeded in overtaking the raiders near Snicker's Gap, that an engagement ensued; that the Confederates "fought like devils;" but that they were finally defeated, leaving three hundred wagons in the hands of Gen. Crook, and also their dead. We have no confirmation of this story from Washington. Major Gen. A. J. Smith has sent a dispatch to Gen. Washburn, in command at Memphis, stating that he encountered the combined forces of S. D. Lee, Forrest and Walker, at Tupelo, and having whipped them badly in three several engagements, was then on his return to Memphis, bringing back everything in good order. It was previously reported that Smith's force was sent from Memphis to co-operate with Sherman. Gen. Hunter has asked to be relieved from his command of the Department of Western Virginia, in consequence of his troops having been transferred to the command of Gen. Wright. A rumor was current in Washington, Tuesday last, that Mr. Stanton had resigned his position as Secretary of War, in consequence of a quarrel with Secretary Blair. Failing to obtain a loan of fifty millions of dollars from the New York banks, Secretary Fessenden now proposes to issue notes bearing seven and three-tenths interest payable in currency, and having three years to run. It is also reported that a popular loan constitutes a part of his plan. Gold closed in New York on the 20th at 262⅞.
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