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We have received New York papers of Thursday, the 9th instant.

The fight at Hatcher's run — an unfortunate opening of Grant's campaign — he Tries to intercept Lee in Evacuating Richmond.

The secret of Grant's movement on Monday last, which resulted in his disaster at Hatcher's run, is published in the Yankee papers. It appears that he had received intelligence that Lee was going South, and made his movement to intercept him. His losses, as they appear to us from the different news letters, were three brigadier-generals--Gregg, of the cavalry, and Morrow and Davies, of the infantry, wounded, and one thousand killed and wounded. One letter puts down the loss in the Second corps at two hundred and fifty, and five hundred in the Fifth corps; that in the portion of the Third corps is not given. Of the defeat of Monday, the New York Tribune's correspondent says:

‘ It seems that, about noon, the Third division of the Fifth corps advanced along the road leading from Duncan road toward the Boydton plankroad, and at 2 o'clock had reached and driven the rebels from Dabney's mills, about two miles from Hatcher's run, where they had erected breastworks, but were quickly driven from them. They, however, kept up a running fire from the woods until about 5 o'clock, when they made a most determined stand along the line, evidently expecting to break through and, if possible, cut off the Third division. The heaviest columns came up the Vaughan road.

’ At the same time an attack in front was made, and part of the division being out of ammunition, they commenced giving way, and in a short time the whole line fell back in considerable disorder until they reached the breastworks erected by the Third division of the Second corps yesterday. There they were rallied, and the retreat was checked.--The Third division of the Sixth corps had crossed the run just previous, and a part of them became demoralized; but they soon rallied and assisted in driving the enemy back. The wagons of artillery were on their way to the division when the stampede occurred, but had got fast in a kind of swamp, and the tongue of one of them broke. When the men fell back the wagons were left outside the line; and although Captain William F. Trembly, ordnance officer of the division, did all in his power to save them, two wagons had to be abandoned, the men setting fire to the covers before they left. Shortly after, an attack was made on the left of the Second corps, near the Armstrong house, on the Duncan road, but the enemy were repulsed with loss. General Meade was present on the field all day, but was not wounded, as was at first reported. Some of his staff had narrow escapes.

The Tribune, commenting on the disaster, says:

‘ The present movement of the Army of the Potomac, looks, we are sorry to say, like a duplicate of the Hatcher's Run affair of last October. It is too soon to say what was the exact purpose of General Grant--whether or not he would have brought on a general engagement had the circumstances seemed favorable — but it is clear his intention has been thwarted by a failure in the execution of prescribed movements. It is the old story. General Meade could not get his different corps to connect; the enemy dashed in between them; and a part of the army found itself whipped before the rest knew that a fight was going on. The Associated Press correspondent is particular to say that General Meade was all day on the ground; so we can harldly be mistaken in charging him with the responsibility for the whole affair. The Fifth corps is reported to have lost from three hundred to five hundred--mainly in the Third division--the enemy, of course, many more.

’ Our special dispatch indicates that the object of the movement was to penetrate the line of works supposed to protect the railroad now building from the Weldon to the Southside railroad, intended to fill the gap occasioned by General Grant's occupation of the former road. The effort is spoken of also as a reconnaissance. But the reports are, as yet, too meagre to afford definite information. We know only that one part of the attempt miscarried by defective handling of the troops. Let us hope better fortune may attend the rest.

Arrangements for the Exchange of prisoners.

The New York Herald has the following intelligence concerning the exchange of prisoners:

‘ After conferences with Mr. Ould, rebel exchange commissioner, extending through nearly a month, Colonel John R. Mulford, Union agent for the exchange of prisoners of war, has, under the direction of General Grant, in whose charge everything relating to exchange has been placed by the Government, succeeded in making all the arrangements for a complete exchange of all soldiers belonging to the one side held in captivity by the other, including the colored troops. The transfer will be proceeded with as rapidly as possible henceforth till all are exchanged. The flag-of-truce boats will run regularly between Annapolis, Maryland, and Aiken's Landing, on James river, taking rebels down and bringing released Union soldiers back.

Prisoners to be held till the end of the war.

The Baltimore American notices the arrival in that city of the following Confederate prisoners, of whom it says:

‘ By order of General Sheridan, they are not to be exchanged during the war, being considered of the worst character: T. M. King, Seventh; James Riderwell, Thirty-firth; Herbert Alexander and James Washington, Twelfth; Z. Anderson, Eighteenth; C. S. Lerett, S. C. Morland and John Coster, Eleventh; G. M. Kenny, Sixth, and T. W. Dear, of the Forty-Third Virginia cavalry; J. Brigg and Hoffman Gilmor, (brother of the noted guerrilla chief,) Second Maryland cavalry; John M. Rafter, J. D. Lynn, Wm. Harkness, James McNeal, R. P. Tubb, of McNeil's Independent Rangers; and J. Tavener, citizen. They are to be kept in confinement, and receive nothing but the army ration, which is more than an ordinary man can eat.

Confederate troops Attempting to cross the Mississippi.

The Memphis Bulletin says that a large number of Confederates, including Lyle's command, six hundred strong, are reported on the Arkansas side of the river, near Mound City, under General Rollins, evidently intending, if possible, to cross the river into Tennessee.

Terrible conflagration in Philadelphia — horrible scenes.

A terrible and fatal conflagration occurred in Philadelphia on the 8th instant, about 3 o'clock in the morning.--It broke out in a warehouse filled with petroleum oil. The Bulletin says:

‘ The flames spread through the greater part of it with almost as much rapidity as though it had been gunpowder. About two thousand barrels of the inflammable material were soon ablaze, and sending up into the sky a huge column of flame. The families in the neighborhood sprang from their beds, and without stopping to secure even a single article of clothing, rushed into the streets, that were covered with snow and slush. Those that were most prompt to escape from their threatened homes got off with their lives; but those nearer the spot where the conflagration first commenced, and who were not prompt to escape from their houses, were met by a terrible scene.

’ The blazing oil that escaped from the burning barrels poured over into Ninth street and down to Federal, filling the entire street with a lake of fire, and igniting the houses upon both sides of Ninth street for two squares, and carrying devastation into Washington, Ellsworth and Federal streets, both above and below Ninth street.

An eye-witness, who was upon the spot when the oil poured out into the street, describes the fierce body of flame as resembling a screw in its progress; it first whirled up Ninth street, and then the fiery torrent rushed down the street for a distance of two squares, and then back again at the caprice of the wind, destroying all living things that came in its way, burning dwellings and their contents as though they were so much straw, and even splitting into fragments the paving stones in the street with the intense heat. Fully five squares of houses, had they been placed in a row, were on fire at once, and the scene was one to make the stoutest heart quail.

People escaping from their blazing homes, with no covering but their night clothes; parents seeking for their children, and terrified little ones looking for safety in the horrid turmoil, were all dreadful enough; but there were still more terrible scenes witnessed. Men, women and children were literally roasted alive in the streets.

Captain Joseph H. Ware occupied the dwelling No. 1,128 Ninth street.--His family consisted of himself, his wife, and five daughters and two sons. They all got into the street just as they left their beds, and there they found themselves in a river of fire. The family became scattered. Mrs. Ware had her youngest child, a girl of about five years of age, in her arms. She fell, and Lewis C. Williams, a member of the Moyamensing Hose Company, made a desperate effort to save them. He had hold of the unfortunate woman, but he was compelled by the fierceness of the fiery blast to leave her to her fate and seek safety for himself in flight. Mrs. Ware, her child, and a daughter about fifteen or sixteen years of age, were burned to death in the street and so horribly mutilated that their remains can only be identified by the peculiar circumstances surrounding them. Captain Ware and his two sons escaped; but three of his daughters are missing.--Captain Ware and his sons were all badly burned. There were six bodies, in all, recovered; they were taken to the second district station-house. Three of the bodies have been recognized as belonging to the Ware family. One, the body of a man supposed to be Mr. James Gibbons, the proprietor of a dry goods store, 1,133 South Ninth street. There is also a boy not yet recognised, and a man whose body was found in Ninth street, a short distance below Washington street. A fragment of red cloth, resembling the lining of a fireman's coat, leads to the belief that the victim was a fireman. It is thought there are persons who have perished and whose bodies are buried under the ruins.

Nearly every house from Washington street to Federal, a distance of two squares, is burned, with all their contents, nothing but the bare walls remaining this morning. The same scene of ruin is presented on Washington, Ellsworth and Federal streets, both above and below Ninth street. The entire number of buildings burned is about forty-seven.

It may be stated that the whole of the property destroyed was involved in flames within the space of thirty minutes. The streets being flooded with water and snow, the water courses and sewer inlets being choked up, the burning oil spreading with great celerity over the surface, reached from house to house on both sides of the way, and ran in burning streams into the cellars. This is what caused such an immense destruction of houses.


Henry S. Foote, ex-member of the Confederate Congress, who recently arrived in Washington, reached New York city on Tuesday night, in charge of an officer of General Sheridan's army, and applied for a room at the Astor House; failing to obtain which, he sought an interview with United States Detective Colonel Bakes, but was unsuccessful in obtaining one, and was at once removed to Fort Warren. His refusal to take the oath of allegiance is understood to be the cause of his imprisonment.

The Cincinnati Gazette's Nashville correspondent says that two corps of Hood's army — Cheatham's and Lee's — had been sent to South-Carolina.

Eighty-seven Confederate cavalrymen, charged with being guerrillas, passed through Boston on Tuesday for Fort Warren. They were handcuffed in couples.

Admiral Goldsborough is at Washington perfecting the organization of the Yankee fleet for European waters. It will be composed of some of the largest and finest frigates, which the recent naval successes have released from blockade duty, and possibly an iron-clad (one of the large class) may be added to it.

The Delaware Legislature has rejected the proposed amendment to the Constitution by a three fourths vote in the Senate, and a two-thirds vote in the House.

Washington A. Bartlett, formerly an officer in the United States navy, and father of the young lady whose marriage a few years ago to Senor Oviedo, of Cuba, was known as the "Diamond Wedding," died on Monday, aged forty-nine years. In 1861 he was actively engaged in fitting out a naval brigade, but subsequently left the service.

That part of Virginia which is represented at Alexandria, by whatever name the Yankees call it, "ratified" the abolition amendment by its "Legislature" on Wednesday.

The report about Dr. Gwin having been made a Duke, etc., by Maximilian is pronounced a canard, and had caused much merriment in Havana. Gwin was in that city, and going to Europe, having failed to obtain what he sought from Maximilian.

The recent military order disbanding the Kentucky State troops has been revoked by direction of the War Department.

Andy Johnson, the Yankee Vice-President elect, is sick at Louisville.

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