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The war News.

In front of Petersburg the same quiet prevails that has marked the progress of the campaign for some days past. There has been some little cannonading and picket firing, but nothing else of interest has occurred. Grant is making another demonstration on the north side of the James, and has sent over a considerable body of troops. Some intelligent persons believe that this is a repetition of his strategy previous to springing the mine on the 30th of July, and that the object is to draw off our forces from his front, and then strike a blow for the reduction of Petersburg. A few days will develop the truth or falsity of this theory.

The following order was issued by General Hill, concerning the gallantry of the troops commanded by Mahone in recent engagements:

"Headquarters Third Army Corps,
August 4, 1864.
"General Order, No. 17.
"Anderson's division, commanded by Brigadier-General William Mahone, has so distinguished itself by its successes during the present campaign as to merit the especial mention of the corps commander, and he tenders to the division, its officers and men, his thanks for the gallantry displayed by them, whether attacking or attacked.

"Thirty-one stand of colors, fifteen pieces of artillery, and four thousand prisoners, are the proud mementoes which signalize its valor and entitle it to the admiration and gratitude of our country.

"[Signed] A. P. Hill, Lieutenant-General."

The Yankee accounts of the recent explosion at City Point say it was the most terrific one of the kind in the history of gunpowder. Two barges, loaded with ammunition of various kinds, were blown to atoms, with all their contents, consisting of a bulk of about three thousand barrels. Shot, shell and canister were hurried, in all directions, amidst volumes of black smoke and an avalanche of broken timbers. A new warehouse, five hundred feet long and fifty feet wide, which had been erected on the wharf and filled with commissary stores, was shattered into fragments. The debris of the wreck were scattered over a surface of more than a mile, and thrown all around Grant's headquarters. Adams's Express office, the adjoining Government buildings, and a train of cars, were also destroyed. Grant's official dispatch says that fifty-four persons were killed and one hundred and eight wounded--mostly blacks.

It is stated that the unfortunate citizens of Prince George county, now within the Yankee lines, have been treated worse, if possible, than others placed in similar circumstances. They have not only been subjected to personal insult and abuse, but have had their property destroyed and provisions stolen, and left in an almost starving condition.

A report is current that Marias Gilliam, a well-known citizen of Prince George, who was taken prisoner by the Yankees and confined at the Rip Raps, is dead. He was a man well advanced in years, and held a prominent position in society.

Affairs down the river.

The following letter is interesting, detailing, as it does, the events preliminary to the heavy skirmish of Sunday, near Four-Mile Church, between Malvern Hill and Newmarket:

"Line of battle, Fields's division,

"Davis's Farm, August 14, 1864.
"To the Editor of the Richmond Dispatch:
"The firing of opposing pickets has been very heavy all the morning, but with no casualties of consequence on our side. The gunboats and the land batteries have presented us incessantly all the morning with any amount of iron compliments in the shape of camp-kettles of an explosive nature. In fact, they are magnificent grave-diggers as well as grave-fillers.

"Our pickets are some three-fourths of a mile in front, and the blue abdomens five hundred yards distant.

"Major-General Field and staff passed down the line this morning whilst the gunboat missiles were most promiscuously flying, but neither himself nor staff exhibited any inclination to dodge. General Field is certainly made of good staff.

"During Brigadier-General Banning's absence, (wounded,) Colonel Dubose, of the Fifteenth Georgia, is in command of his brigade, and is a valuable officer.

"The weather is oppressively warm, and we have no shelter from the sweltering heat. Water, too, is scarce, and we suffer much for the want of it.

"Our new mortar is in position in a good place, and proves palpably annoying to the Yankees, who pay a great portion of their respects to it alone.--Both sides are manŒuvering for position, and each move so far is checkmated.

"Private of Seventeenth Georgia."

The affair of Sunday, we are assured by persons who were present, amounted to no more than a skirmish, our line of battle not having been engaged at all. The Yankees, in force, attacked our line of skirmishers, and pressing them heavily, compelled them to fall back. Four eight- inch howitzers, which our troops had been using as mortars, were abandoned, but our sharpshooters and Parrott guns, on an eminence near by, kept up such an incessant fusillade that the Yankees dared not approach to take possession of the guns. This paltry success of the enemy will doubtless be inflated into an "overwhelming victory," according to their custom of exaggeration.

The heavy firing heard down the river on Sunday is said to have been caused by a renewal of the gunboat engagement, but we have no intelligence of the result. In official quarters last night we could learn nothing of the situation of affairs down the river.

From the Valley — Mosby at work.

At the latest accounts Sheridan's command was a mile and a half beyond Strasburg. Some skirmishing had taken place with our forces in that vicinity, but no general engagement.

A few days ago Mosby attacked one of the enemy's wagon trains at Berryville, in Clarke county, destroyed it, and captured a quartermaster's wagon, with a large amount in greenbacks. He also took some two hundred or three hundred prisons, who were at Gordonsville yesterday on their way South. Good for Mosby.

The situation in Georgia.

The only additional intelligence we have from Atlanta will be found under the telegraphic head. A storehouse was set on fire by the enemy's shells, and that and some other buildings were consumed. A dispatch, dated August 8, from a high officer in Hood's army, gives a cheering view of the situation. It say: ‘"The enemy have thus far been defeated in every engagement. They are evidently much dispirited since they lost twenty-eight hundred of the raiders in endeavoring to penetrate Central Georgia. Atlanta is safe. All are hopeful and in the best of spirits."’

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