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The news.

Affairs below Petersburg — capture of some negro cavalry.

Since the 5th instant no fighting has occurred on the Petersburg lines.--Grant seems to have made good his hold on the position on Hatcher's run, and is still strengthening his entrenchments thrown up there. The Yankee papers acknowledge this last attempt of Grant to be a signal failure, though they of course lie about his loss. This we must expect. It is part of their system of carrying on the war to magnify their successes and conceal their losses. From persons who have visited the battle-field, we learn that the Yankee loss last Monday was not less than fifteen hundred. Grant set out to seize the Southside railroad. In this he failed; but he took Hatcher's run. Whether this position turns out to be of any value to him the future must disclose.

On the 23d ultimo, a detachment of Captain Shadburne's scouts tapped the Yankee telegraph wire in about one mile of Cabin Point. The Yankees soon discovered the disconnection, and sent out an operator and an ambulance containing material for repairs, guarded by an escort of thirty-five negro cavalry, to discover and re-establish the break.--When the party came in sight our scouts charged them, killing eleven of the negroes, capturing twenty-four horses, the ambulance and material, the operator and driver, and put the balance of the negroes to flight. The captures were safely brought off. The only loss among the scouts in this affair was one killed--a man named Morris, formerly in the Yankee service, but who, since he had joined our scouts, has behaved on many occasions in the bravest and most acceptable manner. Since their operations in Grant's rear, Captain Shadburne's scouts have turned over to the Government one hundred and twenty horses, eighty mules, and some valuable material.

Reports about Thomas.

It was reported yesterday, by persons from Fredericksburg, that Thomas, with a portion of his army, had landed somewhere on the Potomac, with intent to march on Richmond. The story is not confirmed by any intelligence received in official circles. Thomas seems to be the bugbear of the day, and we may expect to hear of him in many different directions.

From Wilmington,

We have no news from Wilmington through Confederate sources. The latest Northern papers say that General Terry is about to resume active operations, and expects to take Wilmington without difficulty. We shall see.

From South Carolina--Sherman's movements.

We had plenty of rumors from the South yesterday; none of which have been confirmed by official intelligence. It was said that Charleston had been evacuated by our troops. This report, we have reason to believe, is premature, though that the exigency of the situation in South Carolina may, at some future time, demand its evacuation, is among the possibilities.

A report, believed to be authentic, reached here Saturday night that the enemy's infantry had succeeded in crossing the Edis to river above Branchville, and had struck the Columbia branch railroad eight miles south of Orangeburg — a point twenty miles above Branchville. If this be true, our troops have already abandoned Branchville and fallen back to Columbia, or, at least, behind the Santee river. The Santee will form a very strong and easily-defended line, having a swampy margin and its passage being very difficult.--Columbia is situated on the right bank of this river, about one hundred and twenty miles from its mouth. From Columbia, the Santee flows in a southeast direction, and empties into the Atlantic some fifty-odd miles north of Charleston.

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