The War News.From Petersburg we learn that the enemy has been grading the country in the rear of his works, preparatory to the building of a branch railroad to connect his extreme left with City Point. There seems to be but little doubt that Grant is receiving reinforcements, and that they are being conveyed to his left. The enemy continue to shell the city from elevated positions, and the trains on the City Point railroad are distinctly to be seen and the rattling of the cars and whistling of the engine heard.
The death of General Morgan.It adds to the regrets which the death of General Morgan has caused (says the Lynchburg Virginian) to know that he fell a victim to treachery, and did not fall in fair and open fight. A woman, at whose house he was spending the night,--A Mrs. Williams, said to be a native of Lynchburg,--rode to the nearest camp of the enemy and informed them of his whereabouts. Eager on securing so illustrious a prize, they lost no time in repairing to the spot, surrounded the house, and, while thus in their power, the noble chief received his death wound through the heart. The enemy were afterwards driven out of the town. The false creature who thus, in violation of all the soft and gentle prompting of her sex, has brought the blood of our princely hero upon her head, deserves the execrations of friend and foe, the ceaseless lashings of conscience — if she has one--and anathemas for time and eternity.
From Trans-Mississippi.We have received a copy of the Galveston (Texas) News of August 10th. It announces that Colonel Ford, of the Confederate army, was in possession, of Brownsville, and that the Yankees were fortified at Brazos Santiago. Major-General Magruder had left Galveston to assume command of some other point (probably Arkansas). His departure was much regretted. We copy from this paper the following good news from the Indian Department: ‘ "On the morning of the 28th ultimo, General Gano, with a strong scout of seven hundred men, fell suddenly upon the Sixth Kansas, three hundred and fifty strong, and made a 'clean turn' of the party, or nearly so. Gano whipped them very badly, killed some hundred and fifty, took one hundred and twenty-seven prisoners, wounded a good many — but a few got away — took all the camp equipage and a lot of clothing — burned their tents and everything that could not be brought off on horses. Several wagons were burned. The Colonel commanding and several other officers were taken prisoners. ’ "This affair took place this side of Fort Smith, and only five miles distant from that place. We had ten men killed and several wounded."
From Charleston.There were but eight shots fired at Fort Sumter on Monday night last and fifteen on Tuesday, (the four hundred and twenty-sixth day of the siege.) Battery Gregg fired twenty-two shots at the city on Monday night and thirteen on Tuesday. One negro woman was killed. Meanwhile, Battery Simpkins kept up a brisk fire on the enemy's new work at the mouth of Schooner creek, to which Battery Wagner replied. A few scattering shots were also exchanged between the batteries of Morris and Sullivan islands.
Kentucky reflects not a little upon the Southern feeling existing in that State. Speaking of recruits for the Confederate army, it says: ‘"You might come in here now and not a dozen men would you get. They will stand anything that is put upon them. I believe if Burbridge were tell them to go to the Old Nick, they would get on their horses and try to find the way."’