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The War News.

Nothing of importance has occurred on the lines in front of Richmond and Petersburg within the last few days.--Our batteries have been shelling vigorously the two hundred unfortunate negroes that Butler has at work on his canal, and there has been some cannonading on our right centre, off towards the Weldon road; with this exception, everything may be said to have been quiet. The Petersburg Express of Saturday mentions some skirmishing, which it says took place on our right on the previous day, but can learn nothing of this through any other source. Persons who left Petersburg on Saturday evening report all quiet. The paper just mentioned also says Grant is massing troops on our right. Whatever may be his designs, the weather, from present appearances, seems likely to delay their execution indefinitely. There is every prospect of our having such a winter as will prove an effectual bar to military enterprises of any considerable magnitude.

Affairs in Georgia.

The Georgia papers publish a great deal about Sherman's movements, and nearly as much about our own — all of which it would be very imprudent to copy. It was pretty well ascertained that the left wing of Sherman's army, when it reached Madison, numbered sixteen thousand men. They burnt the town when they left. General Beauregard has issued the following address to the people of Georgia:

‘ "People of Georgia! arise for the defence of your native soil. Rally around your patriotic Governor and gallant soldiers. Obstruct and destroy all roads in Sherman's front, flank and rear, and his army will soon starve in your midst. Be confident and resolute. Trust in an over-ruling Providence, and success will crown your efforts.

"I hasten to join you in the defence of your homes and firesides. G. T. Beauregard."

’ It is very evident from the following resolutions, adopted unanimously by the Georgia Senate on the 12th, that Governor Brown and other statesmen of that class do not represent the people of Georgia:

‘ "Whereas, the war waged against us during the past year has been marked by a fierceness and cruelty well calculated to try the courage of our people and test the wisdom and ability of our Government; and, whereas, under Divine Providence, the conduct of our armies in the field, no less than the general management of our civil affairs, has given the country renewed confidence in the wisdom, patriotism and virtue of our Chief Executive, Jefferson Davis and, whereas, an expression of the sense of our people on this subject is becoming and proper on the part of their representatives; be it, therefore,

"Resolved, that the thanks of the people of Georgia are due, and hereby tendered, to Jefferson Davis, President of the Confederate States, for his able, fearless and impartial conduct of our Government during the past year, and that our confidence in his wisdom, purity and patriotism is unshaken and without abatement."

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