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The news.


South Carolina--Charleston.

On last Thursday night, the 16th instant, our forces evacuated Charleston, and it is believed that the enemy took possession during the next day. Many guns must have been abandoned by our troops, but it is consoling to know that the Yankees got little else. There was no cotton at Charleston to gladden Lincoln's heart, and the city itself was little better than a deserted ruin. Several telegraph operators, all of them men of Northern birth, did not come out with our forces, but remained to receive the Yankees.

The evacuation of Charleston should rather inspire cheerfulness than gloom. Sherman can only be checked by an immediate concentration in his front of all our troops, both in North and South Carolina. If this is done, he may be defeated and his present expedition broken up. If he is not defeated, he will march straight up the railroad to Charlotte, thence to Salisbury, thence to Greensboro' and Danville, and so on to Richmond. Many different estimates have been made of Sherman's army.--Some think he has sixty thousand men. We know he has four full army corps and a strong force of cavalry. His corps will not number less than twelve thousand men.


From North Carolina--Raids on Tarboro' and Goldsboro'.

It is said that a cavalry force of the enemy was advancing on Tarboro', on Tar river, near the Wilmington and Weldon railroad. A force (numbers unknown) is also reported as moving on Goldsboro' from Newbern, along the south bank of the Neuse. We fear there is much truth in these statements. The enemy have, for several weeks, been concentrating at Newbern. Raleigh is one hundred miles from Newbern; Goldsboro' is midway between the two places.

It was reported that a large Yankee cavalry force was advancing on Salisbury from East Tennessee, but there was nothing in it.


The Richmond and Petersburg lines.

All continues quiet on the lines before Richmond and Petersburg. Grant congratulates himself on holding General Lee here while Sherman is turned loose upon the Carolinas.


Negro soldiers — Confirmations.

The Senate bill to raise two hundred thousand negro soldiers will, it is understood, be passed to-day in secret session. It is said a similar bill passed the House of Representatives in secret session yesterday.

The Confederate Senate, on yesterday, confirmed a number of military nominations, among them Generals J. L. Rosser and L. Lomax, who were confirmed major generals of cavalry.

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