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The News.


From the Petersburg lines.

All quiet at Petersburg. There has been no movement of importance since yesterday week. The enemy hold their newly-acquired position on Hatcher's creek, and their pickets are thrown out a short distance to the west of that point. Their new lines take in a very extensive piece of wood land, which will prove a great comfort to them. They are building observatories at several points along their lines. With the Yankees, the observatory seems completely to have superseded Professor Lowe and his balloons.


Important from North Carolina--a heavy Yankee column Threatening an advance on Raleigh.

Unofficial intelligence has been received here that a force of the enemy, estimated at twenty thousand men, have landed at Newbern. It is believed to be their object to advance at once upon Raleigh, or at least upon our lines of railroad in North Carolina. They are said to have brought with them five locomotives and railroad iron sufficient to lay forty or fifty miles of track. Grant visited Newbern some ten days ago, and his visit now appears to have been to plan and arrange this expedition. The force engaged in this movement is, of course, supposed to be part of Thomas's command. We must expect to hear of Thomas in many places, until such time as his whereabouts is definitely ascertained by a battle.

Newbern is near the mouth of the Neuse river, about one hundred and ten miles southeast of Raleigh.


From East Tennessee.

The report reached us yesterday that Stoneman and Burbridge were preparing to make a raid from Tennessee into North Carolina, in the direction of Raleigh, with the hope of co-operating with the column now said to be on foot to invade the State from the Atlantic coast.--We give this for what it may be worth.


Sherman's movements — the Situation in South Carolina--official Dispatch from General Hardee.

The military operations now going on in South Carolina are of the first importance to our cause, and, naturally, engross the attention of our people to the exclusion of movements reported to be taking place elsewhere. Sherman has run through Georgia without meeting with any obstruction, and, it is expected, if he is to be checked at all, it must be done quickly. It is only within the past week that his movement against Branchville was clearly developed. Previous to that time it was not known certainly that he would not concentrate against Augusta or Charleston. It is now reported by telegraph that he has a column moving on Augusta; but this must be received as an unconfirmed rumor. We cannot contradict it, though, at the same time, we do not know that it is true.

For the present all communication with Augusta is cut off, and we do not know what is going on there, or in that neighborhood. As concerns matters at Charleston and in the direction of Columbia, our information is more definite. The enemy, with a force of three thousand men, landed at Grimball's, on James's island, last Friday, and drove in our pickets. Some skirmishing followed, but there was no general engagement.--Grimball's is on the Stono river, two miles southwest of Charleston, and the Ashley river, a wide stream, lies between it and the city. This demonstration of the enemy is believed to be a feint.

The following dispatch, received late Sunday night, is the official report of this affair. It contains also other interesting intelligence:

"Charleston, February 11, 1865.
"To General S. Cooper,

"Adjutant and Inspector General:
"The enemy, last evening, drove in our pickets on James's island. The lines have been re-established to-day. The enemy are still in strong force on the island, but the movement is believed to be only a demonstration. There is an increase to-day of eighteen steamers off the bar. A barge attack made to-night upon battery Tompkins was repulsed.

"W. J. Hardee, Lieutenant-General."

Since the receipt of the above, we are without advices from Charleston.

On Saturday, a column of Sherman's infantry and cavalry crossed the Edisto to the west of and above Branchville, and advanced on the Columbia Branch railroad. Our troops at Branchville withdrew towards Columbia. According to the last official accounts, received yesterday, the enemy were at Orangeburg, some twenty miles north of Branchville,

and on the road to Columbia. During our retreat there has been continual skirmishing with the enemy, but no general engagement. It was said here yesterday that Beauregard intended to make an attack; but we think, from present indications, it is more likely he will fall back beyond the Santee and defend the line of that river. He is said to have an adequate force for either an offensive or defensive policy, whichever he may find it expedient to adopt. Columbia is on the right bank of the Santee, about fifty miles west of north of Orangeburg.


Important to deserters and other Delinquents.

We would call attention to General Orders Nos. 2 and 3, issued by General Lee from the Headquarters of the Armies of the Confederate States, and addressed to soldiers absent without leave from the field, or who have left their commands to join others in which they find service more agreeable. By Order No. 2, a general amnesty is granted to all who, being improperly absent from their commands, shall return within twenty days, and the exhortation to accept this amnesty is such as to be irresistible to every man worthy of the name of soldier. The terms of this Order do not apply to those who have twice deserted, or have gone over to the enemy. There can be no doubt that those serving in other than their proper commands will hasten to avail themselves of the conditions offered by Order No. 3, and to avoid the penalties of disobedience thereto.


An Exploit of some of Mosby's men.

Northern Virginia seems not to afford full occupation for the gallant and adventurous rangers of Colonel Mosby. Within the last week some of them have been stirring up the Yankees on the York peninsula. We are informed that, last Friday night, Captain Richardson, with sixteen men, all of Mosby's command, dashed into the town of Williamsburg, and, successfully pretending to be the advance of a cavalry brigade, cleared a regiment of Yankees out of the town, unhorsing upwards of a dozen and killing half that number. None of Captain Richardson's men were struck, though six of their horses were killed under them. They brought off a number of horses and some other plunder.

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