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pproved by the generals in the field. The latter favor the recruiting of old regiments, but the Secretary acknowledges that it is easier to raise new ones, and asks the Governor what are the prospects of being able to fill up the old ones. On Tuesday night, a party of Confederates, who had been for some time in Maryland, but were prevented from returning to Virginia by reason of the high water, constructed a raft, upon which they attempted to cross the Potomac a short distance above Muddy branch. The Yankee pickets captured one and fired upon five others, who fell from the raft and were drowned. The National Intelligencer has been sold, and Colonel Seaton continues with it. John F. Coyle, A. G. Allen and William R. Snow are the purchasers. Its present politics are to be maintained and a Sunday edition issued. Colonel Henry G. Thomas, Nineteenth United States colored troops, has been appointed a brigadier-general for "conspicuous gallantry before Petersburg." General T