The news.

We have very little news of a definite character from any quarter. Sunday was a day of rumors, as usual. Some had Washington, N C, captured, and Newbern closely besieged; while others had something less than a hundred thousand Yankees marching up the Peninsula. Seven deserters came into our lines in the vicinity of the White House and gave themselves up, and were brought to the city yesterday evening. They state that thirty thousand Yankees are at Yorktown and Gloucester Point, and about twenty thousand at or about Fortress Monroe No kind of importance, however, need be attached to their statement, though we are satisfied that the enemy have a considerable force in the localities named. They all tell the same stereotyped tale about being "dragged into service."

In East Tennessee the Yankees are feeling their way towards the Virginia line. A force of about 800 white and negro troops attacked Gen. Jackson at Carter's station, 20 miles below Bristol, on Monday last, and were repulsed with the loss of a major and captain of the 10th Michigan cavalry, and several privates. Our loss was three wounded and five captured. The Yankees are reported to be at Jonesboro', Tenn., about 1,500 strong, with cavalry and artillery.

The Yankee force in the lower part of the Valley of Virginia is now very small. Their chain of pickets which they had been keeping up along the Baltimore and Ohio railroad has been withdrawn.

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