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The War News.

There was no news of importance from any quarter yesterday. The war talk on the streets was chiefly directed to the discussion of the recent inexplicable surrender of Fort Gaines. The character of the officer who made the surrender was freely discussed and as freely denounced. The officer is Colonel C. D. Anderson. He is a native of Mobile, where his family resides, and at the breaking out of the war was in the United States army at a post on the Northwestern frontier. After the secession of the States took place, he came to Alabama, and was appointed Major of an Alabama regiment, from which he was detached to act as Adjutant and Inspector- General on General Gladden's staff. Shortly afterwards the Twenty-first Alabama regiment was raised, the troops composing it being for the most part from the most respectable families in Mobile, and a great many of them under the conscript age. The regiment was mustered in for a year, not to leave the limits of the State, but was soon sent to Mississippi, and engaged in the battle of Shiloh. The regiment was then sent back to Mobile, and a portion of it placed in Fort Gaines, under the command of its colonel, and the other part sent to Choctaw Bluff. --That portion in Fort Gaines is, by this disgraceful surrender, handed over to the enemy. Our informant, who gives us these particulars, is at a loss to account for Anderson's conduct, as in the army he was considered an officer of bravery and honor.

In Petersburg, yesterday, there was nothing new. There was no shelling of consequence. The explosion which occurred on Tuesday was within the enemy's lines, on the City Point road, and was caused probably by some of Grant's mining material being unintentionally let off.

The rumored disaster to General McCausland's command was unfounded. He has returned to Romney, having accomplished what he was sent for. He was ordered to obtain one hundred thousand dollars in gold as a ransom for Chambersburg, (in retaliation for the property destroyed by Hunter in the Valley during his raid), or in default of that to burn the town. The gold was not paid, and the town was fired--two hundred and fifty-four houses being destroyed. Hunter's raid will cost the Yankee nation more towns than this one. There have been about twenty towns burnt in the Confederacy, and it takes nineteen more to get us even with the Yankees.

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