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to-day. The enemy was here in my absence in strength and majesty, and repeated, with a slight variation, the grand exploit of the King of France, by Marching up the hill with twenty thousand men, And straigtway marching down again. There was lively skirmishing for a few days, and hot work expected; but, for reasons unknown to us, the enemy retired precipitately. On Sunday morning last fifty men of the Sixth Ohio, when on picket, were surprised and captured. My friend, Lieutenant Merrill, fell into the hands of the enemy, and is now probably on his way to Castle Pinckney. Further than this our rebellious friends did us no damage. Our men, at this point, killed Colonel Washington, wounded a few others, and further than this inflicted but little injury upon the enemy. The country people near whom the rebels encamped say they got to fighting among themselves. The North Carolinians were determined to go home, and regiments from other States claimed that their term of