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the skirmishes on the South side. A dispatch from the headquarters of McClellan, dated the 4th inst., says: Yesterday a reconnaissance was made from that point back into the country, to within fourteen miles of Petersburg. It was conducted by Col. Averill, and was composed of 150 of the Fifth United States and 150 of the Third Pennsylvania cavalry, with four companies of the First Michigan infantry. Captains Castor and Bowen, of Gen. McClellan's staff, accompanied them. At Cox's Mills, five miles from the river, they encountered the Thirteenth Virginia cavalry drawn up in line. Our men charged on them, when they broke and ran. They drove them to their encampment, at Sycamore church, two and a half miles further, where they again formed, but were ingloriously put to flight, leaving behind all their tents, camp equipage, and commissary stores, which our troops gathered together and burned. The rebels had two horses killed, six men wounded, and two taken prisoners. Our