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Sunday night left the opposing forces on the Southside of James river in the same relative positions they had occupied for two days, but there was a decided impression upon the public mind that a general engagement would occur yesterday, and in this was no disappointment. Desultory Brag continued through the night, and about five o'clock on yesterday morning the commenced in earnest. The attack was by our forces, and among the brigades engaged were Gracey's, Kemper's, Johnson's, Bartour wounded men that we had killed or captured an entire brigade, and it was reported yesterday evening that a large number of prisoners were on the Richmond by the country road. The fight commenced on our left, below Drewry's Bluff, on James river, and extended with more or less severity along the whole line. The enemy's line extended to the vicinity of Drewry's Bluff, leaving but a small space between their right flank and the river. Their right flank was turned by a force under Gen.
was no fighting yesterday. Our force were engaged during the day in throwing up entrenchments. Gen Butler designs entrenching from the Appomattox to the James river, a distance of some six miles. It is reported that Beauregard was reinforced during Tuesday night by two brigades from Lee's army, it was thought, but this seems to be very improbable, unless Lee should really be retreating from his present position. The James river has been obstructed by our forces by sinking a number of schooners and barged forces near Turkey Band. This effectually blockades the rebel from Our whole force moved at four o'clock A. M. to day and probably are ewry and the enemy's lines. Gen Kantz and his cavalry have been sent to cut the Danville Railroad near the Appomattox Station, and perhaps to advance on the James river. Miscellaneous. The Alabama put into Table Bay, March 20, for coals and other supplies. The total number of ships destroyed and captured in the Indian
rt of Lee, and reach the fortifications of Richmond, Lee would be as powerless to relieve Richmond as was Johnston to relieve Vicksburg. But the circumstances of the two places are totally different, as is his situation near the Rappahannock from that on the Yazoo. He had no such adversary as Lee in front of him. Pemberton's small force he swept away without effort; Lee's army he has assailed for ten days with all his power, in vain. How can he pass such an army? He is compelled to defeat it before he can move on Richmond. General Lee, of course, is aware of the objects of his adversary, and his precautionary measures are generally equal to his remarkable forecast. Early yesterday morning our army under General Beauregard, on the south side of James river, commenced a vigorous assault upon the enemy's entrenchments some three miles below Drewry's Bluff — the result, as will be seen by reference to the news department of this paper, being of the most cheering character.
A Munchausen. A story published by us yesterday, from a Yankee newspaper, represented that "the executive officer of the Jones," a Yankee boat blown up by one of our torpedoes in James river, gave on the occasion the rarest evidence of coolness and skill on record. His vessel, he on board, was "crushed like a piece of paper," and as he ascended to the upper air, on a piece of the wreck, he drew a revolver and shot dead the man who had exploded the torpedo! Said man was standing on the bank of the river, and the narrator of the wonderful feat calls him a "wretch," and says his name was Burton. --He adds that "the incident is vouched for." Oh, of course. It would be astonishing that any man should doubt such a reasonable Yankee story. But the "wretch, " Burton, who we believe was killed by some executive Yankee, deserves to be remembered by his countrymen, and a monument should be raised to his memory. Who is he?
One hundred Dollars reward. --Ran away from the subscriber, on the 9th inst, Dentel, about 28 years old; said negro is square built, dark but not black, slight squinching about the right eye, and is very muscular; had on when he left blue pants, twilled jeans, gray frock coat, black merino vest, quilted cloth cap; has a sister at Mr Henry Drury's, Chester field county, near Manchester. The above reward will be paid for his delivery to me, near Atlee's Station, Hanover county, Va, or lodged in some jail so that I get him, and all reasonable expenses paid. Said negro was bought of Messrs Davis & James, in this city, in the fall of 1862. J. Monroe Carter. my 11--6t*