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ondent in that quarter is incorrect. Our pickets are beyond Blountsville and Zollicoffer. Gen. Averill, who was "out on a raid" with several thousand men, was met by our forces about six miles from Lewisburg, on the Covington road, last Thursday, and after a slight skirmish was driven back. He retired towards Beverly, in Randolph Co., from whence he started. His force is estimated at about 3,000 men. We have news from an unexpected quarter of a brilliant little affair. On the 16th inst. a company of partisan rangers, under the command of Major Edgar Burroughs, attacked the steamer J. B. White, on the Albemarle and Chesapeake canal captured and burnt her, together with a dredging machine and two lighters, which she was towing. This steamer is the same vessel which was run out from Norfolk to Fortress Monroe last year by J. Byers, the pilot, who gave information to the Federals that the evacuation of the city was going on. She was on her way to Great Shoals, and was captur
o reinforce the Spanish troops in San Domingo. If Rosecrans has been reinforced, as reported, he will probably fall back to his old camp at Tullahoma, and re-establish the morale of his army. If succeeded by Grant, as reported, offensive movements may be ordered at once. The Picayune, quoting a St. Louis telegram of the 9th, says: "The Confederates in Arkansas have concentrated, and are threatening Fort Scott on the borders of the Indian territory, and the ill-fortune attending Gen. Blunt's attempt to keep them at bay cannot fail to inspire uneasiness as to the ultimate result. The Era says the yacht Corphese and steamer Commodore arrived at Bay St. Louis from Fort Pike on the 16th, with one company of soldiers, and destroyed a tannery. For want of transportation the hides could not be brought away. A company of rebel cavalry fled on the approach of the gunboats. Two dozen copies of the Caucasian had been seized in New Orleans, its circulation being prohibited.
Mobile, Oct. 24. --Maj. A. S. Rose arrived here yesterday, on his way to Richmond. He passed through Louisiana and Texas on his way. He does not bring much news from west of the Mississippi. He heard nothing on the other side of our lines of the great defeat of Gen. Banks. Houston papers, of the 30th ult., state that Sabine Pass was being rapidly put in condition to receive the enemy. The gunboat Clifton, captured in the recent grand victory, had been put in first-rate fighting trim. She and her armament had been tested, and found of the best quality. News from Brownsville to the 16th ult. had been received. The French had not then taken possession of Matamoras. It was stated that they would shortly seize one or two other places besides Tampico, and were expected to move on Monterey by way of Victoria. Gen. Slaughter had arrived at Brownsville via Havana. President Davis has just arrived here from Mississippi, and will review the troops this evening.