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Xli. August, 1864 From the Northern papers. letter from J. Thompson, Canada. from Mr. McRae, our foreign agent. dispatch from Major Gen. Maury. General order no. 65. battle of Reams's Station. August 1 Hot and clear; but it rained yesterday threequarters of an hour in the afternoon. Our loss in the affair at Petersburg is about 800, the enemy's 3500. We captured 2000 small arms. We have nothing yet from Atlanta, but no doubt there has been another battle. I
netrated Pennsylvania, and laid the city of Chambersburg in ashes.
This may be so, as they have burned some half dozen of our towns, and are now daily throwing shell into Charleston, Atlanta, and Petersburg.
A letter to the Secretary from J. Thompson, in Canada (per Capt. Hines), was received to-day.
He says the work will not probably begin before the middle of August., I know not what sort of work.
But he says much caution is necessary. I suppose it to be the destruction of the Federal