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s one more to the catalogue of Grant's "brilliant movements" (over the left) in this campaign.* One day last week, the Yankee pickets in the neighborhood of Dutch Gap opened fire upon our picket line, when two of our gunboats, being in the vicinity, concluded to take a hand. Consequently, they commenced throwing shells promiscuously in the direction of the Yankees. One of the missiles struck the enemy's pontoon bridge near Dutch Gap and set it on fire, burning several of the boats of which it is composed. This Confederate salute seemed to cause considerable consternation among the Yankees. The enemy is still engaged in digging the canal across the neck of land known as Dutch Gap. To those who are acquainted with its topography, this will appear to be a work of no small magnitude, but unless some plan can be devised to put a stop to their operations, it will be accomplished. From the Valley. At length we have some definite information from General Early's command
eral Butler has been counting over a brilliant scheme wherewith to annoy the enemy and advance the Union interest in this region materially. His plan contemplated nothing less than the construction of a canal at what has hitherto been known as Dutch Gap — hereafter to be known as Butler's Gap — in the direct face of the enemy, which, when done, should, among other results, by reason of its situation, compel the rebels to extend their line of defence a distance of four miles--that is to say, th holds it, and will continue to hold it until his appointed work is accomplished. At five o'clock yesterday morning two rebel rams, believed to be the Virginia and the Richmond, though some think one of them was the Lady Davis, appeared at Dutch Gap, in the James river. The James at this point forms a promontory, which is very narrow at its apex. The shape of this promontory is in the form of a long tongue, and, verging to the northward and westward, makes another turn, which forms anoth