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--Mr. Sands Smith, an old citizen of Matthews county, Va., was murdered in a most horrible manner by the Yankees on Wednesday of last week. It appears that Col. Spears's 11th Pennsylvania regiment, with some artillery, and a negro regiment from Portsmouth, had been sent to Matthews county to catch Beall's men, who recently destthews Court-House, on their return to Gloucester Point. While on the march Mr. Smith was so brutally treated by the private soldiers that he asked to see Col. Spears. When that officer came up, instead of reproving the soldiers he seized a stick and beat the prisoner over the head. He begged for a glass of water, which wasimmon tree. The horse was then driven from under him. The fall was not sufficient, and he fell to the ground. He begged for mercy, but none was shown him, and Col. Spears ordered his men to fire into him, which they did, and he died, pierced with five balls. They then buried him near the tree, leaving his feet sticking out of th