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The War news.

It is more than probable that Grant is making preparations for that "brilliant move" which we have been so often assured he had in contemplation, and which a Northern paper of the 22d announced as about to commence.

On Tuesday night it was known that a large force of the enemy was crossing to this side of James river on their pontoons. From two to three corps, it was supposed, crossed in the darkness, and yesterday morning a very large wagon train followed. Yesterday morning their advance deployed in front of a body of our troops, who fell back from the line of breastworks they occupied near New Market, about nine miles below the city, to a stronger position, where they could not be flanked by the largely superior force in their front.

During the day, in some skirmishing that took place, prisoners were captured from the 10th and 19th (Canby's and Hancock's) army corps, showing that a large portion of the Yankee army has crossed to this side. It would appear from this that Grant has come once more to try his luck in the swamps of the fatal Chickahominy, and that once more he is to strew the old fighting ground with the corpses of his soldiers. This may be economy, for they were dying so rapidly, and dying so idle, beyond the Appomattox that the Yankee nation was getting tired of it. More blood is wanted by Grant's masters, and he is about to yield to the demand.


The armies in Georgia.

In another portion of the paper will be found some very late and interesting Northern news. The death of Major General McPherson (who won all the victories ever won by the Yankee army under Grant) is confirmed, and will prove a serious blow to the enemy's operations in Georgia. McPherson was the ruling adviser with Sherman, as he had been with Grant, and was possessed of great caution and much ability. He is the man who has led all the flank movements which have resulted in the flanking of Gen. Johnston from Dalton back to the rear of the Chattahoochee river. It was in making a flank movement on East Point — which, had it been successful, would have insured the isolation and siege of Atlanta — that he was himself struck in the flank by Hardee and lost his life. There is no man in Sherman's army who approaches him as a commander except Thomas, who though successful as a fighting General, has no reputation as a strategist.


The Valley.

There is nothing further from the Valley, except the report that we get through Northern papers that Gen. Averill, notorious as a raider and spoon thief in Western Virginia, was killed in the recent Confederate victory by Gen. Early.


Petersburg

was yesterday represented by passengers who came over as quiet, with the exception of occasional firing from the enemy's batteries.

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