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The News.

The fight at Petersburg on Saturday--successful attack on Grant's lines South of the Appomattox--General Lee's official Dispatch.

A spirited and successful assault was made upon Grant's lines east of Petersburg at daylight Saturday morning, a full account of which is given in the following official report of General Lee.--There was in the evening some skirmishing on our right, with no important result. Over five hundred prisoners, captured during the morning, have arrived in this city. We give General Lee's report:

"Headquarters army Confederate States,
"March 25, 1865--11:20 P. M.

"Hon. J. C. Breckinridge, Secretary of War:
"At daylight this morning, General Gordon assaulted and carried the enemy's works at Hare's Hill, capturing nine pieces of artillery, eight mortars, and between five and six hundred prisoners, amongst them one brigadier-general and a number of officers of lower grade.

"The lines were swept for a distance of four or five hundred yards to the right and left, and two efforts made to recover the captured works were handsomely repulsed. But it was found that the enclosed works in rear, commanding the enemy's main line, could only be taken at a great sacrifice, and our troops were withdrawn to their original position.

"It being impracticable to bring off the captured guns, owing to the nature of the ground, they were disabled and left.

"Our loss, as reported, is not heavy. Among the wounded are Brigadier-General Terry, flesh wound, and Brigadier-General Phil, Coeke, in the arm.

"All the troops engaged, including two brigades under Brigadier-General Ransom, behaved most handsomely. The conduct of the sharp-shooters of Gordon's corps, who led the assault, deserves the highest commendation.

"This afternoon there was skirmishing on the right, between the picket lines, with varied success. At dark the enemy held a considerable portion of the line farthest in advance of our main work.

"[Signed] R. E. Lee."
Persons who left Petersburg yesterday evening report that the fighting had not been renewed.

Thomas's movements--Southwestern Virginia Threatened.

Intelligence received here leads to the belief that General Thomas is preparing a formidable advance either into Southwestern Virginia or Western North Carolina, as the requirements of the opening campaign shall seem to indicate. He is now reported to be at Knoxville, with fifteen thousand men, while a portion of his force is thrown forward as far east as Morristown. He has repaired the East Tennessee railroad to Bull's gap, and is still engaged in putting it in running order in the direction of Bristol.

Yankee forces in the Valley.

The report that Hancock was moving up the Valley, towards Staunton, with several thousand men, is incorrect.--There is but one Yankee regiment south of Martinsburg, and that is posted at Kernstown. Our scouts report that this regiment was last week making their preparations to remove to a new field of operations.

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