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Southern News.

The Washington (N. C.) Dispatch publishes a graphic description of the bombardment and capture of Forts Clark and Hatteras, written by an officer on board the C. S. steamer Ellis. We cannot find room for it in this morning's paper. The writer makes the assertion that the invaders were guided on shore by a traitorous Methodist minister, named Taylor.

The Wilmington Journal, of Saturday evening, says:

‘ A letter from Beaufort, dated the 5th, and received here this morning, conveys the information that a large war steamer was off that harbor for the last twenty-four hours. We trust that the people in that section will all be ready to receive them properly.

There was a rumor this morning of a steamer having been seen off Camp Wyatt and Confederate Point last night. It was said that she had up a white flag. We cannot vouch for the accuracy of this last information.

’ The Newbern Progress, alluding to the recent stampede from that place, says:

‘ The panic was a humbug--one that has had its run and exploded — and we now hope that men and women will return and betake themselves to the work which awaits them.

’ The same paper has the following:

‘ As can confine Butler and his th to their victory there ng, for they cannot harm us, and se of keeping the place, to ment, will be immense; and there must be be kept. Without taking a Virginia, and even without interfering with recruiting for Virginia, we can keep Butler's Hatteras army from advancing, and we must do it.

If the State authorities will only do their duty and give us the means of defending the coast and of protecting the citizens and property thereon, the people will do it. We call upon the Legislature, therefore, not to wait for everything to be done by the Confederate States Government, but to take steps themselves to prevent the advance of the invaders.


A skirmish in western Virginia.

The Southwestern Times gives the following account of a skirmish in Boone county, Va., of which the Federalists have published the most exaggerated statements:

‘ On Saturday, the 31st ult., a skirmish between a small Union force and about a dozen Secessionists took place near Boone C. H., in which two of the latter were wounded, and two or three horses were shot. The Secessionists retreated to the Court-House and being very bloody and bearing their wounded with them, produced a very great excitement in the village. The Unionists were reported to be advancing on the town, and the Secessionists expected to retire to an island near by and await reinforcements. Appeals for assistance had been made to the neighboring counties. The object of the Unionists was to retake two Union captains confined at Boone. They were, however, sent to Logan jail, from whence, if they escape the hands of an excited people, they will be sent East.


Important naval movement in New Orleans.

The Charleston Mercury has the following from its special correspondent:

‘ New Orleans, Aug. 28.--A passenger, who has just arrived in this city from Brashear city, by the Opelousas Railroad, reports that two Navy officers, of the Confederate States--Lieutenant Shepard and J. H. Loper, the Supervising Engineer of the Navy Station — had arrived at that place, and, at 2 o'clock in the morning of the 26th, had seized the steamer Picayune, which had just arrived with freight and passengers. They placed on board an armed force of 25 men from a Confederate States man-of-war steamer, and proceeded down to the mouth of the Bayon Chine for the purpose of attacking a Lincoln armed blockading schooner--one of the tenders of the United States steamer Huntsville. Commodore Hollins approves of their course.


An order for Sullivan's Island.

The Charleston papers publish the following order from Brig. Gen. Ripley:

‘ Citizens residing on Sullivan's Island will hold themselves in readiness to proceed to the city on short notice. Circumstances only can determine when or at what moment it may be absolutely necessary to order a removal from the Island.


Excitement at Tennessee.

The Savannah Republican says:

‘ We learn there has been quite a stampede of families from the town of Fernandina, Florida, in the last few days, under apprehensions of a bombardment of the town by the Lincoln fleets. We have not learned the particular ground on which the citizens anticipate an attack at this time.


Fort Pickens.

By the following, which we copy from the Mobile Tribune, it appears that the Yankees at Fort Pickens are becoming more bold than heretofore:

‘ A few days ago, the men who were employed in getting the dry-dock, which, is sunk near the enemy's side, ready to be raised, they were fired on from Pickens--first a blank, then a solid shot, then a shell. The last came near doing damage, and the men accordingly left, without unnecessary delay. Isn't this an act of war, or, is it bravado to provoke a collision?


Firing on the Potomac.

The Fredericksburg Recorder says:

‘ We learn from several gentlemen that there was heavy firing up the river on Wednesday. Our last informant distinctly saw and heard the smoke of the guns and the sound of the discharges, between 9 and 11 o'clock, in the direction of Evans' Port, as well as the two large Federal ships, which were evidently engaging land batteries, or else firing on defenceless dwellings and people. The firing which took place in the evening our informant cannot well locate.


To be sent South.

The following is a copy of a dispatch sent to Major Gen. Twiggs by Gen. Winder:

Richmond, Aug. 29.--Prisoners of war are to be sent to forts in the vicinity of New Orleans. How many can be there accommodated without crowding?

John H. Winder,

Brig. Gen. C. S. A.

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