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The War news.

There was an absolute dearth of news yesterday, except such as is to be gleaned from the Northern papers. The Petersburg and Richmond lines were, as usual of late, quiet. Forty Yankee prisoners, captured in a skirmish on Mahone's front, at Petersburg, on Saturday night, were brought over to the city last evening, and along with them a dozen or more Yankee deserters.

From the Yankee papers it will be seen there is a great controversy amongst them as to who is to blame for the recent disgraceful failure of the Butler-Porter expedition. The Herald, Times and Philadelphia Inquirer attempt to make Old Butler the scapegoat; but the Tribune takes up for Butler manfully, and throws the blame of the failure upon the navy. It matters little to us how this question is settled, but we hope the quarrel may be long and heated. Our people know that, under Providence, the successful repulse of the grand armada was duel to the skill of generals and the splendid courage of our troops.

We have nothing from Savannah but what we find in the Northern papers. Our extracts on this subject will be found interesting reading.

General Hood's official report of the battle of Nashville has not yet come to hand. Until it reaches us, we will not know the truth concerning the battle of Nashville and the subsequent retreat of his army. His dispatches should reach us in a very short time.

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