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arrival of U. S. artillery, no relief came, and they laudably imitated the race of their friends on Friday last. The artillery of the enemy, though admirably worked and served when not face to face with ours is handled with uncommon willness and imprecision when any of our batteries appear to dispute the ground. Hence little damage is usually done, and the cost or results is merely a useless expenditure of powder. Brisk artillery fire was maintained by the foe upon our outposts on the Mechanicville road yesterday, but, although the range of some half dozen shells was determined with great mathematical nicety, a few fell harmlessly, unexploded, while the fragment of another slightly wounded a negro employed upon some one of our works. Two shells damaged one of our breast works slightly, but more than this no damage was done in this quarter. Dense columns of smoke were ascending over the enemy's position yesterday — various reasons when assigned for this unusual spectacle, but