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on to keep the river open to Hampton Roads. We are very anxious to hear from Grant, but beyond the knowledge of a battle having commenced near Chancellorsville, have nothing definite. A negro refugee from Richmond came to us to-day, reporting that Lee and Ricketts had both been seriously wounded. We hear nothing from our cavalry expedition under Kantz. It is thought that he was too late to cut the railroad at Hicksford in time to prevent the mass of Beauregard's troops coming up. Colonel West, with his negro cavalry on the Peninsula, returned to Williamsburg, after frightening the rebels badly, and was sent out again. Another letter says: With Gen Butler and his Staff, I was privileged this afternoon to ride along our lines. The army has advanced on the Petersburg road, a distance of about eight miles, where it will remain for the night. Its left flank is protected by gunboats in the Appomattox, and its right by gunboats in the James. From Gen Smith's headquarter