The War news.
Rumors were abundant on Saturday, and, as usual, some of them were too absurd to be entitled to any consideration, while others, strange to say, proved truthful in substance, and to these we may briefly allude.
Therefore was circulated early in the day that the Confederate cruiser Alabama
had been sunk in an engagement with the steamer Kearsage
This turned out to be correct, so far as the accounts given in Northern papers can be relied upon.
These will be found in another column of this paper.
From the same sources we learn that a Confederate force is invading Maryland
, and creating no little excitement in that quarter.
Numerous are the rumors connected with this movement, but as we have only Yankee authority for believing it is on foot, we decline to ventilate them.
It was reported yesterday that a portion of Grant
's army had crossed to the north side of James river
, but this has been so often repeated that we attach but little importance to it. If Grant
should conclude to change his base again he will find his stubborn adversary still in his front, and prepared to dispute his advance.
Another report is that Burnside
has turned up before Charleston
, and occupied a portion of James Island
In the absence of official information we are not prepared to vouch for the truth of this statement.
In our report on Saturday we stated that everything was quiet in front of Petersburg
on the day previous.
This was the state of affairs until about five o'clock in the afternoon, at which hour the enemy made a demonstration for the purpose of feeling our position.
Accounts differ as to the nature of this affair, one of which, from a trustworthy source, states that it was exceedingly trivial, amounting to less than the daily firing of the sharpshooters.
Another account says that the enemy made two assaults upon our left and centre, both of which were successfully met and handsomely repulsed.
It is added that the Yankees
suffered heavily, while our loss was very slight; that the coolness of our men and the steadiness of their aim told with fearful effect upon the ranks of the vandals, causing them to recoil in confusion.
We are disposed to believe that this account is exaggerated, and that the affair was simply a demonstration, with no actual assault.
Our information on this point is derived from a gentleman every way entitled to credit, and who has ample means of learning the progress of events on the lines.
On Friday evening the enemy kept up a furious shelling of Petersburg
until about ten o'clock. The ponderous missiles were thrown at the rate of from four to six per minute.
This barbarous practice is doubtless very gratifying to the Yankees
, but fails to have any effect beyond annoying the non combatants in the city.
On Saturday nothing of especial interest occurred, except the usual picket and artillery firing.--With two large armies confronting each other in such close proximity, it would seem almost impossible to prevent an engagement, yet Grant
seems not at all disposed to take the initaive, or to butt his head against the immovable breastworks of our army.
Yesterday, up to the time the train for Richmond
, there was little or no , and the report brought by passengers was--"all quiet in front." How long this state of affairs will continue, there is no prophet wise enough to foretell.
Meanwhile the enemy, having contracted his lines as much as possible, has been engaged for a few days past in strengthening his position.
New batteries have been created, and new breastworks constructed all along his lines, but particularly on his left.
This does not look much as if he designed a speedy abandonment of that line of operations.
Lieut. Col. Arnold
, of the 6th Georgia regiment, was instantly killed in the trenches on Thursday afternoon, by a shell, which exploded near him. He was a deserving and gallant officer, and much beloved by the troops whom he commanded.
The train last evening brought over ten more of Wilson
's straggling Yankee raiders, who were picked up in the woods in Dinwiddie county
Deserters, stragglers and escaped Yankee prisoners can now be found at almost any point in Virginia
, but when bagged they constitute a very worthless and unprofitable stock to have on hand.
A rumored raid.
It was rumored yesterday, upon what authority we know not, that a party of Yankee raiders appeared in the neighborhood of the Yellow Tavern
, in Hanover county
, on Saturday.
This should be taken with many grains of allowance, as yesterday was Sunday and rumors of all kinds remarkably scarce.
Last night there was no official news from our armies either in Virginia
. --The report to which we alluded some days ago, that the enemy was preparing for a demonstration against Mobile
, is ascertained to be correct, though in what force, or from what direction, we have no definite information.
In official quarters no credit is attached to the report that Burnside
has gone to Charleston
: though it is doubtless true that the enemy has redoubled his exertions to effect the reduction of that city.