The War news.
From the Valley.Affairs in the Valley are not by any means unfavorable for us. The enemy still continue to be pressed back, and our cavalry now hold possession of the north bank of North river, the main body of the Federals having fallen back beyond Harrisonburg, at which place they have a moderate-sized encampment. Their outer line of pickets extends to within sight of the town of Bridgewater, which is six or eight miles south of Harrisonburg and west of the Valley turnpike. --From that point the camp of the enemy can be plainly seen. Their force is variously estimated at from twenty to forty thousand. At Waynesboro' they destroyed only the depot; the flour mills were not destroyed, nor were any of the private houses. The flour from one mill was distributed among the negroes. Our cavalry charged the Federal troops in the streets, driving them in confusion, and pursued them so rapidly that they had no time, whatever might have been their desire, to burn private houses by the way. At Staunton they destroyed only the depot. Wickham's cavalry brigade are represented as having displayed conspicuous gallantry, being the foremost in charging the enemy in the streets of Waynesboro'. Passengers by last night's train report that all is now quiet there. The trains are running to within a mile and a half of Staunton. The bridge over Christian's creek was but slightly damaged and is already repaired.
From the Rapid Ann.Passengers by last night's Central train also report that a cavalry force advanced and again burned the bridge at Rapid Ann station Wednesday night.--They are said to be advancing on Gordonsville, but nothing confirmatory of the reports had been received at the War Department up to a late hour last night. Important military changes are about to be made in the Army of Tennessee, and we have every reason to look for vigorous movements in that quarter shortly. Nothing authentic has been hard from Forrest, but it is rumored that shortly after his demonstration against Rousseau, at Pulaski, he left that Federal officer in his trenches and struck the line of the Chattanooga and Nashville railroad, some sixteen miles from the latter place, capturing a freight train and some seventy prisoners. It is certain that he is not idle.
From Wilmington.The Christian Sun, of yesterday, states that the enemy seam to be making preparations to make a determined attack on Wilmington. They appear to be collecting a fleet for that purpose, as a number of vessels have been added to those heretofore lying in and about the port.
From Petersburg.Passengers arriving last evening report all quiet and no new movements on the part of the enemy.
Around Richmond.There were no demonstrations yesterday whatever, save of the spade and pick, a species of employment particularly well calculated to aid in whiling away the monotonous hours of camp life, since books are not likely to form a part of a soldier's luggage, and idleness is productive of demoralization. A body of the enemy's troops were said to have been seen moving down the river on yesterday morning, but their destination is not known.
Captain Marye will be pained to learn that this officer died in this city on yesterday. He was the victim of a chronic disease contracted in service. He was the son of Hon. John L. Marye, of Fredericksburg, (a member of the Virginia Assembly.) Captain Marye was a member of the Virginia Convention which passed the ordinance of secession.