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hborhood which the Federal army occupies, is covered with small pines, with here and there an opening which is under cultivation. A great deal of the country is swampy, and at times it is almost impassable to travel except to foot it. The Mechanicsville road, Williamsburg stage road, and the Charles City Court House road, are the principal thorough latest from Richmond, and to bake Richmond these three roads must be occupied in fact the city should be invested from Arken's Landing on the James river, to and beyond Mechanicsville, and this cannot be done effectually until General Grant occupies the south branch of the Chickahominy, and then he can centralize his forces at any given point, much quicker than Gen. Mecheilan did, as he did not occupy all the south bank. Dr. Garnett's farm being in the road. Up the Williamsburg stage road, beyond the Burnt Chimneys, which is within seven miles of Richmond is a clearing, behind which is the swamp in front of Fair Oaks. When Gen Grant doe
st: From Virginia. The Baltimore Gasdle, of the 16th, says that the campaign in Northern and Eastern. Virginia has been brought to a close. After pushing from the Rapidan to the Chickahominy with indomitable resolution, but with a terrible sacrifice of life, Grant has concluded to abandoned the line on which, at one time, he declared his determination to fight it out if it look all the summer, and to commence a new campaign against the defences of Richmond from the south side or James river.--Gen. Grant has established his headquarters at Bermuda Landing. He will proceed to invest Fort. Drewry, the capture of which is regarded as an absolute accidently. Gen Sheridan's expedition. A scout who arrived at Washington from the front, Tuesday night (14th) says that Sheridan's cavalry force, which started out Thursday, on an extended raid, had not been heard from when he left; but it was the impression in the army that he had reached Charlottesville, on his way to Lynchb
Explosion of a shell. --On Saturday afternoon last, while the workmen employed in the foundry of Mr. C. Bradley, in Manchester, were working up some old metal preparatory to recasting, a Blakley shell, from which the fuze had not been drawn, was thrown into the furnace and soon thereafter exploded with great violence, bursting off the top of the furnace and cutting a hole in the roof of the building about eight feet square. Fortunately no person was injured. Mr. Bradley has large contracts on hand for furnishing ball and shell for the government, and in order that no delay or inconvenience should be experienced, he had his force at work all Saturday night engaged in repairing the damage done, and were employed part of the day yesterday to make up for lost time.
rsburg. Petersburg, June 19. --Grant's whole army is in front of this place in line of battle. There has been more or less fighting every day since Wednesday, and the enemy have been generally repulsed, gaining little or no ground since Wednesday, when they got within one and a half miles of the city, taking some of our works, which they still hold. Occasional shells have been thrown into the city, doing, however, but little damage. Grant's now base is at City Point, on James river, twelve miles distant. The enemy have constructed an immense observatory about twelve miles below, from which to observe operations hereabouts. The enemy yesterday attempted an advance on our lines, but our troops opened upon them with artillery and musketry, inflicting a loss upon the enemy equal to any of the campaign. The enemy at no time got nearer than four hundred yards of our lines. To day there has been some cannonading and heavy skirmishing. The people of Pet
Arrival of prisoners. --During Saturday and yesterday Yankee prisoners, captured mostly in straggling squads from the north side of James river, were constantly coming into the city under the escort of Confederate guard. The number booked at the Libby yesterday afternoon reached considerably over a hundred, and when we last visited that prison the officers attached thereto were hourly expecting an arrival of five hundred more, taken by Gen. Wade Hampton in his encounter with Sheridan at Trevillian's, one day last week. It has been previously reported that these prisoners were carried to Lynchburg; but since then it has turned out that, in consequence of the movements of Hunter, it was unsafe to continue on with them to that place, and they were therefore taken to New Canton, a point on the James River and Kanawha Canal, and from thence shipped in four freight boats to this city.
Grant's bill of fare. --It is said that Grant expects to eat his Fourth of July dinner in Richmond. We should not be surprised if he did. If such should be the case, the following will be the bill of fare: 4 oz Confederate bacon. ½ cup of peas 1 corn dodger. James river water ad libitum. Dessert.--One corn-cob pipe filled with Roanoke tobacco, and reelections on the uncertainly of human affairs. This collation will be served at the Hotel de Libby.-- Macon Confederate