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The News.

Grant is still quiet, and the supposition is that he is waiting for several things: for the roads to dry, for Sherman to come up, and for Sheridan to report.

From the Shenandoah Valley.

Last Thursday week a number of Early's men were captured at Waynesboro' by Sheridan, who sent them down the Valley under guard. From the following official dispatch it will be seen this guard with good effect:

"Headquarters, Etc., March 9. 1865.
"Hon. J. C. Breckinridge, Secretary of War:

"General Russer reports that, on the 6th, with a few of his men he a "acked the enemy near Harrisonburg, who were guarding prisoners taken at Waynesboro', and captured a few prisoners.

"On the morning of the 7th he again attacked them from Buders Hall, having detained them for a day and night it the river.

"He caused them to retire in haste, abandoning the only piece of artillery they had and their ambulance.

"He annoyed them a good deal, and enabled a good many of men to escape.

Kilpatrick Defeated.

It will be seen from the following that Kilpatrick's tramp through South Carolina is not altogether a pleasure excursion:

"Headquarters, Etc., March 10, 1865.
"Hon. J. C. Breckinridge, Secretary of War:

--General Hampton attacked General Kilpatrick at daylight this morning and drove him from his camp, tacking his guns, wagons, many horses, several hundred prisoners, and releasing a great number of our own men who had been captured.

"The guns and wagons could not be brought off for want of horses.

"Many of the enemy were killed and wounded. Our loss not heavy.

"Lieutenant-Colonel J. S. King was killed. Brigadier-General Home, Colonels Hagan and Harrison, and Majors Lewis, Ferguson and others were wounded.


The President has vetoed the bill, originating in the Senate, to provide for the promotion of officers in certain cases; and the Senate, on Saturday, passed the bill, by the requisite two- thirds majority, over the President's veto.

The President has also vetoed the bill abolishing the offices of quartermasters, assistant quartermasters, commissaries and assistant commissaries. The Senate has not yet acted on the bill, but there is no probability that it will be passed notwithstanding the President's objection. It may be considered as disposed of.

The President, on Friday, sent into Congress a message stating that in a short time he might have a matter of importance to communicate, which would require their deliberation, and requesting that they would not adjourn on Saturday, as agreed upon, but would prolong their session for a few days. It has not transpired what is the subject alluded to by the President, and congressional and public curiosity have been greatly exercised on the point. Speculation has been rife thereon, and a number of theories have been started. One story is, that the President desires that Congress shall, before adjourning, more explicitly define the powers of General Lee as General-in-Chief. Another, that France had offered to intervene if the Confederate Government would pledge itself to cede Louisiana to the Emperor and to oppose the Monroe Doctrine. There are others that it is unnecessary to repeat. We give the above as the samples of the talk of the day.

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