The War News.
There was heavy skirmishing around Petersburg
on Thursday night, and considerable shelling.
Yesterday morning the skirmishing was kept up, and about 6 o'clock yesterday afternoon the enemy attacked a point on the left of our lines.
The attack resulted as all the others have, in their repulse.
It is more than likely that within a few days Grant
will be forced to do something more than licidly before our works, with the exception of an occasional fruitless demonstration in the way of an assault or mine explosion.
The month of August is rapidly passing away, and with September comes the rainy season, which will put it beyond his power to do anything.
He has now wasted May, June, July, and portion of August, and two-thirds of his original army, and for one month of that time a Confederate army has been marching back and forth in Maryland
, gathering supplies, burning a town or two, and behaving in anything but the manner in which "subjugated rebels" should behave.
The people of the North
will not be much longer patient under the style of warfare carried on by the "man on horseback."--He has been as stupid a butcher as Burnside
, and is now as meek and quiet as McClellan
Among the casualties in the firing Thursday night was John McDonald
, of Richmond
, instantly killed by a shell.
He was a grocer, and resided on Church Hill
He was a member of one of the batteries from this city.
The intelligence from Mobile
shows that the enemy are making a demonstration there.
The enemy have landed about 3,000 men on Dauphin Island
, and the double-enders are engaging Fort Johnson
The naval force now off Mobile
consists of the following ships:
, (flag-ship,) 20 guns; Richmond
, 18; Brooklyn
, 24; Monongahela
, 12; Lackawana, 14; Oneida
, 10; Metscomb, 10; Genessee, 8; Sebago
, 10; Port Royal
, 2; Kennebec
, 5; Pindola, 4; Lusca, 4; Pembina
, 4; Penguin
, 7; Tennessee
, 5; Conemagh, 9; Ossipee
, 12; Galena
, 14 Cowslip, Phillippi
, Glasan, Jasmine, Buckthorn — tugs.