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The News

The Richmond and Petersburg lines.

On the lines below the city, yesterday morning, the enemy kept up a mighty firing of cannon, which, we presume, was a national salute in honor of the day. Tuesday evening they fired a salute of blank cartridges in celebration of the fall of Charleston. They say they gained possession of seven hundred pieces of cannon by the capture of that city and its environs.

It is reported that Grant has shipped off eighteen thousand men from his army to combine with Schofield's forces, and co-operate with Sherman in his advance into North Carolina.

At Petersburg there is the usual quiet. Tuesday evening the Yankee troops could be seen drawn up in line, listening to the reading of the latest news from Charleston. They cheered very much, but fired no salute.

From the South--nothing but rumors.

There were many rumors in circulation yesterday relative to Sherman's movements, north of Columbia, and Schofield's, in the vicinity of Wilmington, which, in the absence of any official or other authentic advices, we think it useless to repeat.

Mosby's men Operating on the Peninsula.

We mentioned, some days ago, a brilliant dash made into Williamsburg by some of Colonel Mosby's men. From the following dispatch from General Lee, it will be seen that they have again been at work to some purpose:

"Hon. John C. Breckinridge, Secretary of War:
"Major A. E. Richards, of Mosby's right, reports that, on the 18th instant, with thirty- eight men, he attacked a party of the enemy, one hundred and twenty strong, of whom he killed and wounded twenty-five. Among the wounded were a major and captain. He captured sixty-four prisoners and ninety horses. He had one man slightly wounded.

Report of the Female Treasury clerks from Columbia.

It has been erroneously stated that the ladies belonging to the Note-Signing Bureau lost their furniture in their retreat from Columbia. We learn from such of them as have reached their homes in Richmond that they retreated in good order and fine spirits, bringing off in safety all their baggage, supplies and trains. The only loss they sustained was of their hoop-skirts, some of which had to be throw overboard owing to the crowded condition of the cars. They left Columbia yesterday week, in two special trains, for Charlotte, and would have had a good time but for a detention of ten or fifteen hours, caused by the running off the track of a train which set out ahead of them. On reaching Charlotte they were hospitably met by the citizens, who took them to their homes and showed them every attention. It had been intended that they should remain in Charlotte and resume their work, but a change of plan was made necessary by the change in the military, situation, and they resumed their journey northward by easy stages — those who lived here coming direct to this city. At Greensboro', on their route, though they arrived there in the middle of the night, they were met by the citizens, who repeated the hospitalities that had been extended to them at Charlotte.

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