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Wilmington by the Federal forces: Fortress Monroe, Virginia, February 24--10 P. M. To General U. S. Grant, City Point: Our troops entered Wilmington on the morning of the 22d instant. After the evacuation of Fort Anderson, General Schofield directed Cox to follow its garrison towards Wilmington, while Terry followed Hoke on the east side of the river. The latter took up a new line, four miles from Wilmington, but was so closely pressed by Terry that he could send no troops to us by this summing up: Thus, day after day, and with capture after capture, the great game goes on to its culmination. Grant watching and waiting at Petersburg, Sherman driving on through South and North Carolina with irresistible force, Schofield advancing from Wilmington, and Sheridan ready to swoop up the Valley.--This is the great picture on one side; and on the other, we have only Lee trembling in his trenches, and Beauregard and Hardee straggling forward to add their weakness to hi
different estimates of the strength of Sherman's army. By some, his forces have been estimated as high as sixty thousand. We learned, on yesterday, through a trust worthy source, that General Hampton reported his force to consist of four corps of infantry, of seven thousand men each, and a body of cavalry, of from four to five thousand men. His artillery will, perhaps, swell the numbers of his main column to thirty-five thousand. If we give Gillmore, at Charleston, ten thousand men, and Schofield, at Wilmington, fifteen thousand, we shall estimate the whole Yankee force now operating in the Carolinas at sixty thousand men. This, we think, is not far from the mark. The Yankee papers make the figures much larger, and give Sherman an immense cavalry force. The question of a State Convention. The House of Delegates, on yesterday, passed a resolution to submit to the people, at the general election on the fourth Thursday of this month, whether or not a convention of the State s