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The War News.

There is very little to give under this heading this morning. Yesterday was one of those dull, monotonous days, when no news, good, bad or indifferent, is by any means obtainable, and the tongue of rumor is still. The manufacture of news is inadmissible, especially in these times, when there is generally so much of the genuine article afloat.--In the present full of events, therefore, the reader must be contented to wait for something to turn up, and all may rest assured that they will not be kept long in suspense.

From Petersburg.

As we stated yesterday, nothing whatever of interest occurred in front of Petersburg on Tuesday. That state of things continued until the close of the day. The usual picket firing and mortar shelling took place, but these have now become of such common occurrence that they fail to attract attention. In the opinion of some persons, the enemy are still mining, and the reason given therefore is that they can see them bringing dirt from their "saps" and depositing it in the rear. This may be so; but the general impression seems to be that they had but one completed on Saturday, and that they expected greater results from that than they have realized. As the Express pertinently remarks, it was manifestly to their advantage, and they knew it as well as we, to have sprung all their mines simultaneously if they had more than one. It is stated that there are but few points along the lines where mining operations can be successfully conducted, and one of these has been tried. The opinion is, therefore, already expressed that this mode of warfare is about at an end with Grant; but of this we should not be too confident.

A Yankee officer, who accidentally got into our lines on Monday morning during the cessation of hostilities, was returned the next day under flag of truce. His name was Thomas, and his rank that of Colonel. His straying into our lines may not have been altogether accidental, and his mission may have been that of a spy. At all events, it would have been a good idea to have kept him in a rebel prison for awhile as a punishment for his indiscretion — to call it by no harder name.

Among the nicely-dressed Yankee officers who came out on the neutral ground pending the flag of truce on Monday was one General Ferrero, a notorious coxcomb and dancing master of New York city. He commanded a brigade of negro troops, and is said to have acknowledged that of over 2,200 darkeys brought by him into the fight on Saturday but 900 returned to the Yankee lines unhurt. During the darkness of Saturday and Sunday nights the enemy removed many of their severely wounded to the rear of their line of entrenchments, but a large number still remained on Monday morning, having lain there since Saturday under a burning July sun, and famishing for water and food.

Among the negro prisoners brought into Petersburg several have been recognized as runaway slaves of gentlemen in that vicinity.

All was quiet in front yesterday to the time of the departure of the train.

A Yankee's Experience in Grant's campaign.

We give below a letter picked up at the scene of the recent "blow out" in Petersburg. The writer is evidently one of the "rank and file," and is candid enough to acknowledge that he has got his "fill of fighting." The losses of regiments and companies noticed in the epistle give a tolerably correct idea of what Grant's losses have been, though it must be recollected that the corps (Burnside's) in which Mr. "Thorp" serves did not commence fighting until the battle of Spotsylvania C. H., and must be better off in point of losses than the corps which have been butchered from the beginning of Grant's campaign.


Near Petersburg, July 28th.
Dear Brother:
* * * I have bin in six Battles since we left Brandy station. The regt had 900 men, now it has for duty 160 men left, that is the way that we do things around here * * * we are in barest Works in front of the Rebs about Fore hundred yards between us and the Johnny Rebs. The picket firing is harder than the fight that they had at Washington. Out here most every day they is some one killed and wounded out of the regt by the Rebs sharpshooters or by mortar shells. The rebs throw there shells into our works. I tell you it aint no fun to have them come into a squad of us. * * * * *

We have bin 30 days in the works now and we have no coverin as the boys throw all there things away on the march. We had some hard marching to do and half starved into the bargan. One time we had nothing to eat for three days my god. I that I was gon up then we had to go into a fight on the 17 of June on a grand charge on a reb barest work an took it an four hundred prisoners. * * * * * * *

Why in the hell dont you come up to the point like the 14 heavy artillery from New York forts. They came out with, 1900 men now they have 600 left. You ought to hear them talk about goin home, we soldiers

caught at them. It is a luckey thing for you not gitting in this redgt you would curse the day that it happinged. You art (artillery we suppose) talk about going on Picket duty, how would you like to go when you cant put up yer hed. That is the way theay do here. * * * *

The company that I am in has lost 30 wounded 5 killed and 9 prisoners. All the Sargents went up and all the corpls two but one, I am the only corpl left. They wanted me to take Sargent but I would not take it, its too hard I acted sergt for a while an I got my fill of it and by Judas I've got my fill of fighting too. We expect a battle in a few days, we will be first in line, I think we will get hell this time. The rebs has got a lot of forts in front of us and we will have to charge on them, I dont like charging, at North Run we made a charge on the rebs and theay made a charge on us and drove us into the river I that I was a gonner.

You can send me your likeness.

Stephens Thorp.

Below Richmond.

Everything is quiet on the north side of James river, below Richmond. There are but few Yankees on this side of the river, and they occupy ground between Curle's Neck and Deep Bottom.

We have at length heard from Sheridan through late Yankee papers. It appears that he crossed the James at Deep Bottom, a few days ago, with two divisions of his cavalry corps, and took position to observe the approach of the rebels.

Affairs in Florida.

A fight took place recently at Brandy Branch, in Florida. The enemy burnt a bridge over St. Mary's river, six miles above Baldwin, and a fight occurred the same day between the enemy and our troops, under Major G. W. Scott, commanding a battalion. The result is not known. The next day the second Florida cavalry, under Lieutenant-Colonel McCormick, engaged the enemy at Brandy Branch, and at last accounts the fight was still progressing.

General Patton Anderson has been relieved from his command in Florida and ordered to the army of Tennessee. General John K. Jackson has assumed command of the Florida department, and has arrived at headquarters.

We are gratified to learn that our forces in Florida are sufficient to repel any attack the enemy may make. The present advance is supposed to be nothing more than a raid in order to destroy bridges and other property.

The latest invasion of Pennsylvania.

At a late hour last night we received Northern accounts of a rebel invasion of Pennsylvania, though the force engaged is somewhat a matter of conjecture. In burning Chambersburg, however, the Confederates have done a thorough piece of work. This carries the war home to the doors of the Yankees, and is a good retaliation for the burning of Jacksonville, Florida; Jackson, Mississippi, and other cities in the South. Chambersburg is in Franklin county, Pennsylvania, and situated forty-five miles southwest of Harrisburg. It was a large and prosperous place, having a good water power, improved for propelling cotton and woolen factories, flouring mills, paper mills and other manufacturing establishments. We learn that the Yankees threaten to burn Fredericksburg in retaliation; but they have nearly ruined that town already, and perhaps they had better try their hand on Richmond — a city that would have long ago been laid in ashes but for slight obstacles in the way.

A Baltimore paper of the 1st heads its account of the invasion thus: "Invasion of Pennsylvania.--Chambersburg in Ashes.--Three Thousand Persons Rendered Houseless. --Great Excitement at Harrisburg.--The Rebels Driven Back by Averill," &c., &c. The same paper speaks of an expedition towards Wheeling, under Breckinridge.

We are somewhat surprised that the Yankee papers admit a defeat in front of Petersburg on Saturday. It is an instance of honesty rare among that people.

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