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We have received copies of New York papers of Tuesday, the 27th instant.


From Thomas's army — more Yankee Falsehoods.

The New York papers have no later intelligence from Thomas's army than to the 24th, when it was still at Columbia, Tennessee. One telegram asserts that "it is rumored" that Hood's pontoons have been captured. Another, dated at Nashville the 24th, says:

‘ The river has now twenty feet of water, and is stationary. It is reported that Hood cannot cross the Tennessee river on account of the high stage of the water, which, in many places, has overflowed the banks. The rebel pontoons are said to be swept away. General Thomas's headquarters are still at Columbia, although his advance is still pushing after the rebel army. A battle this side of the Tennessee river is consequently expected. The cars will run to Duck river to-day.

’ It is rumored that Hood's rebel army has abandoned the wagon trains.

A Washington telegram adds some Christmas information after the following fashion:

General Thomas, with his magnificent army, is within six miles of Hood's rear. Meanwhile another column is moving on , while still another is advancing on Mobile.


General Lyon's progress in Kentucky.--capture of another railroad train.

A dispatch from Louisville, of the 25th says:

‘ An officer of the Sixth Kentucky (Watkins's brigade), reports that six hundred of Lyon's rebel cavalry went from Elizabethtown to Hadenville yesterday, and cannonading was heard at Muldraugh's Hill, from the direction of Elizabethtown, last evening, supposed from a collision between General McCook's and Lyon's forces. Headquarters are advised that the remainder of Lyon's troops, estimated at two thousand five hundred, with but one piece of artillery, left Elizabethtown at 2 o'clock this morning, going towards Hadenville, and was inquiring en route the way to Greensburg. Lagrange's brigade, of McCook's command, was reported closely upon their rear. Lyon was himself at Hedgeville yesterday. His forces did not assail Muldraugh's Hill this morning, according to their previous announced intention.

’ The damage to the railroad was so slight that it will be in running order on Wednesday.

On Friday night, Lyon's force was reported to have burned express train No. 4, which contained a detachment of two hundred soldiers and three officers en route for Nashville to join General Thomas's army. The officers and soldiers were paroled, the former retaining their side arms.


Cavalry fight in the Valley — amusing Scenes.

A correspondent of the New York Tribune writes that paper, under date of December 23d, an account of the recent cavalry fighting attending Custer's unsuccessful reconnaissance. It is quite amusing. He says:

‘ The Third cavalry division of General Custer returned early to-day from a reconnaissance up the Valley as far as Lacey's spring, nine miles from Harrisonburg. The division, which has been absent about five days, had a cold march, but met with no enemy until they reached Lacey's spring, where they encamped on Wednesday night.

’ There was no alarm during the night. But about 6 o'clock in the morning word came to the commander of the Eighth New York, from the picket line, that the rebels were advancing on the flank, and orders were immediately issued to prepare to mount. They were all saddled up, and soon two squadrons were mounted, and drawn up at the headquarters of that regiment. The other squadrons were just "going to horse." At this juncture, a yell and a simultaneous volley, and the flash of rebel carbines and rifles, gave warning that the enemy was already in their camp in large force. The two regiments which received the first shock of the charge replied with their carbines and revolvers. It was very dark. The enemy had on our own overcoats, which rendered it impossible to discriminate between friend and foe.--All firing was made at random. The rebels came in with drawn sabres and a hand to hand encounter commenced.

Being soon greatly outnumbered, our men fell back upon the body of the division in order to form a new line. They stopped at a quarter of a mile back, and reformed — the Fifteenth New York, Twenty second New York and First Vermont making a counter-charge, pitching in pell mell, and the rebels in turn giving way and crossing a small stream. By this time, firing was general all along the right flank and throughout the camp. It was a free fight, and no one knew who stood next him. The only way to distinguish friend from foe was by the sound of the voice. Indiscriminate robbing and plunder took place. The rebels seemed to be quite sure of capturing all the horses, and the remark was frequently heard, "Let go your horse," "Cut loose the horses," "Let em run," "They are all safe, " and such like expression. It finally came to a fight like that of the Irishman" every man "on his own hook." A rebel would capture, strip and rob one of our men, and then take him right into one of our regiments as a prisoner. By the time they had exhibited the trophies, they found them selves in the wrong camp, and in turn yielded themselves prisoners. The same laughable mistakes were, in some cases, committed by our own men. On rebel marched into General Custer's headquarters, and asked what regiment that was. General Custer ordered him to "take off that blue overcoat," and handed him over a prisoner.

"Halt — where do you belong?" would usually precede any offensive demonstration. What followed depended wholly on the answer of the person addressed. Dr. Adams was mounted on a very heavy grey stallion. A party met him across the road, and although he thought himself in the presence of the Union column, he was really among Rosser's men. A person, waring a captain's uniform, accosted him with, "Where do you belong?" "Surgeon of the Eighth New York," was the Doctor's answer. "Then, d — n you, get off that horse," said the rebel. At the same instant he wheeled himself in front, and the Doctor received a blow from a sabre across his bach and shoulders from behind, which threw him off his balance; his cap fell off, and the captain brought his sabre down upon his bare head, which ended all further consciousness for a time. When he came to, the Doctor found a party of rebels standing over him; his pockets had been turned wrong side out, and he heard one of them remark, "Crooks, the son of a b — h hasn't got any watch."--emphasis on the "got." Crook's answer was, "Then take that d — n poncho, and let's be off." It was stripped off. The Doctor's horse had escaped down the road, and was recovered an hour afterward.

Dr. Adams, after sufficiently recovering from his blow and the fall from his horse, crawled into a corner of the fence, and lay a quiet spectator during the remainder of the fight. All this occurred within a few minutes. The Doctor's hospital steward having captured a rebel, asked another rebel, whom he mistook for one of his own regiment, to assist him to carry his prisoner to headquarters! As the Doctor lay there in the snow and water, listening to and witnessing the ludicrous mistakes-which both parties were constantly committing as to each other's identity, he says he could not refrain from laughing outright, despite the pain from his wounds.

Here came a party and commanded a soldier of the Eighth New York to "Get off that horse. " "But why do you want me to get off? I belong to the Eighth." "So do we," answered the rebel; "but what Eighth do you belong to?" they asked. "To the Eighth New York, of course." "Then, d — n you! you are in the wrong company; we belong to the Eighth Virginia"--and hitting the Union soldier a thwack over his head, soon obliged him to dismount. This was within not to exceed fifteen or twenty rods from two squadrons of the Fifteenth New York, which accounted for the backwardness of the cavalryman to believe them rebs. On coming to himself, he started off on a quick run for the Fifteenth New York, the rebs firing a dozen shots at him as he ran, which, fortunately, did not take effect. He reached the regiment in safety, and this soon brought them down with a dash, and the enemy put out. It was now getting light, and there was no longer any difficulty to discover where and who the enemy were.

Our men began to follow and shoot them as they retreated. Many saddles went off empty. Very soon the camp was clear of rebels, and our own men occupied the field.

The few killed and wounded on our side is accounted for from the fact that the enemy fought mainly with their sabres. We used the carbine, and most of our men having from seven to fourteen shots apiece, gave us decidedly the advantage. We only know certainly of five being killed. The Fifteenth had six missing. The First Vermont had twice as many missing, but it was believed they would mostly come in all right.

Our total loss is said to be thirty, of which all but two are wounded, mostly by sabre cuts. One died in hospital to-day. Dr. Adams has quite a severe scalp wound, but he suffers most from the effects of the bruise and the blow across his back, which was aggravated by the fall from his horse. He is doing well, and, as usual, is in excellent spirits.

The whole column came back to Woodstock, where they camped on Wednesday night, the court-house being turned into a hospital, and all our wounded dressed. The road was very slippery from the ice; the severe northwest gale which blew rendered it almost impossible to travel, and the intense cold greatly aggravated the sufferings of the men. It was particularly severe on the wounded.


What is in store for South Carolina.

The Philadelphia Inquirer has an editorial which well portrays the Yankee feeling towards South Carolina, and what fate she may expect should Sherman's army get a footing on her soil. It says:

‘ That shout which went up from Sherman's Western boys when their faces looked Charlestonward during their march, rings louder than ever in his ears. It was an ominous battle cry, "Lead us into South Carolina! Take us to Charleston?" Ransom knows, and Jeff. Davis knows, what will be the fate of that accursed hot-bed of treason whenever the Union forces are ordered to cross its threshold. South Carolina thus far has experienced little of the evils entailed upon her sister States by her own diabolical acts. She yet will feel them, we trust, to the largest measure. It is but justice, and Heaven will surely mete it out, and force her to drink to the dregs the latter cup which she placed to the lips of the nation. When that day shall come, the world will approve her punishment, and to the sentence of righteous retribution will say, Amen!


Miscellaneous.

At Washington, two hundred guns were fired in honor of the fall of Savannah; at Erie, Pennsylvania, the bells were rung, the city decorated with flags, and salutes fired. At Albany and Cleveland, the event was also celebrated.

The soldiers' fair at Springfield, Massachusetts, closed Friday evening, the receipts being fifteen thousand dollars. An autograph letter from Lincoln brought twenty three dollars, and one from Governor Buckingham ten dollars.

The Philadelphia North American has been shown a sample of army tobacco, brought from the front, one-third proportion of which proves to be sumac. This article is worth about $60 a ton.

The Fenian Brotherhood of Jersey City and Hudson have forwarded a numerously signed petition to Bishop Bailey, asking for the removal of Father Venuta, the Catholic priest who interfered with a meeting of the Brotherhood.

Artemus Ward notifies the gentleman who left phosphorus in his bed at the St. Nicholas Hotel that if he will leave his name with General Dix he will hear something to his advantage.

The prominent candidates for the vacant mission to France are: John C. Fremont, Henry Winter Davis, Charles Sumner, Montgomery Blair, John P. Hale and W. P. Fessenden.

Vice-Admiral Farragut was a midshipman on board the frigate Essex when she was attacked by two British corvettes and captured in the neutral port of Valparaiso, in 1814.

A movement has been inaugurated by prominent citizens of New York to erect a statue in memory of the late Rev. Dr. G. W. Bethune.

General Banks has written and published an elaborate defence of his Louisiana serfdom policy.

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