A Victory in North Carolina.The following official dispatch, announcing a very important Confederate success, was received at the War Department yesterday:
"Hon. J. C. Breckinridge, Secretary of War:
The Richmond and Petersburg lines.All continues quiet in front of Richmond and Petersburg — so potent is mud.
The tobacco Affair.We are informed that Mr. Singleton had nothing to do with the two hundred thousand pounds of tobacco carried from this city to Fredericksburg, and there burnt by the enemy. It is said it was sold to the Yankee Government for greenbacks, carried to Fredericksburg for them, and deposited there at their risk, and that it was burnt by an officious Yankee commander of gunboats, who, it is presumed, was ignorant of the purchase of the article by his Government.
The exemption bill.The following is the exemption bill finally agreed upon by the two Houses of Congress, and which now only awaits the approval of the President to become the law. It concerns and interests a great many people:
"a bill to Diminish the Number of Exemptions and Dewills.
- The Congress of the Confederate States of America do enact, That so much of the 'act to organize forces to serve during the war,' approved February 17, 1864, as exempts one person as overseer or agriculturist on each farm or plantation upon which there were, at specified times, fifteen able-bodied field hands between the ages of sixteen and fifty, upon certain conditions, is hereby repealed, and said persons, shall be liable to military service upon the expiration of the time for which they secured exemption by reason of having executed bonds for one year from the date thereof: Provided, That exemptions of persons over forty-five years of age may be granted under the provisions of the act aforesaid.
- "Section 2. That no exemption or detail shall be granted by the President or Secretary of War, by virtue of said act, except of persons lawfully reported by a board of surgeons as unable to perform active service in the field; persons over the age of forty years, and of artisans, mechanics, laborers employed in the Nitre and Mining Bureau in localities where slave labor cannot, with safety, be employed, and persons of scientific skill, employed by, or working for, the Confederate or State Government, and shown by proper testimony to be such laborers, mechanics, or persons of scientific skill; and with the same exceptions, all exemptions and details heretofore granted by the President or Secretary of War, by virtue of said act, are hereby revoked.
- "Section 3. That all skilled artisans and mechanics who are engaged in the employment of the Government of the Confederate States are hereby exempt from all military service during the time they are so employed."