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The following is condensed from the news summary of the Baltimore Gazette of the 4th instant: ‘ The most important announcement this morning is the probable change in the chief command of the Army of the Potomac. The Washington correspondents of the New York Tribune, the World and the Herald, all concur in stating that General Hooker has been ordered to report to the Adjutant-General at Washington, for the purpose, it is supposed, of succeeding to the command now held by General Meade. ’ It is intimated that General Early, whose forces still occupy such postions west of Harper's Ferry as have been selected by him to protect the Valley of the Shenandoah against an advance of Federal troops in that direction, has probably been reinforced by the troops that were recently sent from Petersburg to the north bank of James river to meet Hancock's threatened attack. A skirmish has taken place near Cumberland between the Federal forces under General Kelly and a body of Confederates under Bradley T. Johnson and McCausland. The latter are said to have been defeated, with the loss of several caissons and a number of wagons laden with the spoils brought from Pennsylvania. A dispatch from Hagerstown, dated 3d, states that it was rumored there that the Confederates were again crossing into Maryland at dam No. 4. The following is from the Baltimore American of the 4th: ‘ The latest intelligence relative to the raid is that the enemy attacked Cumberland, Md., in strong force on Monday, and after a severe fight of several hours' duration he was repulsed, our forces capturing several wagons and caissons and a vast amount of the plunder stolen in Pennsylvania. ’ Another account states that General Kelly, commanding at Cumberland, did not wait for the enemy to attack him, but went out to meet him, and an engagement took place about two miles from the town. A deserter from Early represents his forces as between thirty five and forty thousand strong, and engaged in garnering the crops in the Shenandoah Valley. The rebel force operation on this side of the Potomac is said to be eight thousand cavalry. The Washington Star has a report that the rebels again visited Hagerstown on Friday last, to the number of three hundred, and after destroying some government property they decamped. Pennsylvania decided, on Tuesday, to allow her soldiers in the field to vote, adopting an amendment to her State Constitution to that effect. Advice from Europe, to the 20th ultimo, have been received at New York by the steamer Bremen. All the Island on the west coast of Schleswig are now in possession of the Germans, and peace negotiations would probably be commenced at Vienna on the 19th ult. The Louisiana Constitutional Convention (Lincoln) adopted, on the 22d ult., the new Constitution, by a large majority, and will immediately submit it to the people. The Washington Government has determined to release Mr. Tim. Rives, who was captured during the Kantz raid on Petersburg. The latest quotation of gold was 258.
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