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r of Petersburg — the Explosion of a Gunboat, &c. The noted Yankee marauder, Spears, had an exceedingly rough time of it after burning the railroad bridge at Stonyetty well riddled with shot. Flushed with his easy success at Stony Creek, Spears pushed on, crossed Nottoway river, evidently making for the Mcherrin bridge, ander the command of Col. Tabb, had reached Nottoway river bridge, and upon Spears's return they were prepared to receive him. A severe battle ensued, which laste thereby saved. The enemy also burnt Sussex C. H. It is now believed that Spears is on his return to Suffolk or Norfolk, to make report of his brilliant operations to headquarters. On Monday, at 12 o'clock, Spears and his command were at the farm of Major B. W. Belsches's, in Sussex county, about 12 or 14 miles from Stol his our-house, and committed many other depredations. It is also stated that Spears's ire was particularly excited against Maj. B. because he had heard that it was