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From the North.

Our Northern dates are as late as Thursday, April 3. The news is by no means important, and we therefore make very brief selections:

From General Banks column.

Woodstock, Va., April 2.
--Afternoon.--The rebels, when retreating yesterday, attempted to burn a bridge over the creek near Narrow Passage, but it was extinguished.

The magnificent railroad bridge, a hundred feet high, over the same stream, was burnt by Jackson when retreating from General Shields.

A beautiful gray stallion, said by contrabands to be Colonel Ashby's, was shot yesterday near this town. The ball must have wounded the rider in the thigh. The current report, however, that Ashby was wounded, is not credited at headquarters.

Some of Ashby's scouts made their appearance early this morning on the high, wooded ridge on the opposite side of the Stony creek, beyond Edinburg. They were fired on by some of the 29th Pennsylvania, when Ashby unmasked four guns and threw shells into our camp. The rebels subsequently retreated under the fire of our guns.

During the day they frequently interfered with our bridge builders by shelling them at long range. A foot bridge has, however, been completed, and our skirmishers and some of Andrews's Sharpshooters are now on the other side beyond the town.

Second Lieutenant Duff and two privates of Ashby's cavalry were captured yesterday. Lieut Duff admitted that he was carrying dispatches, but refused to divulge their contents or who they were from.

An intercepted letter, of recent date, from a rebel line officer, speaks significantly of an anticipated open rebellion in Maryland; but this is regarded as one of the means resorted to by the Secession leaders to dupe their followers into continued resistance.

The expansive railroad bridge at Edinburg was burned by Jackson yesterday. There is only one locomotive at this end of the Manassas road, and no cars.

Ashby's cavalry were reinforced to-day by two or more heavy guns, with which he practiced on us at long range. The firing of yesterday shows the accuracy of our cannoneers. In a field where Ashby made a stand were counted shell within a space of one hundred and fifty feet, fired at a mile and a half range.

The valley of Shenandoah shows great neglect of agriculture. The men, women and children, who seem to have unlimited confidence in the Yankee troops, hold unrestricted intercourse with them.

Gen. Banks is here and Gen. Shields at Strasburg.

A division post-office has been established here, but the mails are irregular at present.

Winchester, April 2.--Fourteen rebel victims of Sunday's battle were seen to-day at a house near Newtown. Six had died; the remainder were wounded. They had been deserted by their own physicians, but were cared for by ours. Subsequently, two rebel soldiers paid a visit to their wounded friends and were captured.

Summary of news.

The Baltimore American, of Thursday, has the following:

‘ Through Fortress Monroe and other sources we gather to-day a variety of interesting intelligence from Southern a papers. The Norfolk papers are perfectly aware of the movements at Old Point, notwithstanding the papers on this side say nothing in relation to them. Even the visit of Vice-President Hamlin with a party of ladies to the Fortress on Sunday is stated in the Richmond papers of Tuesday. Memphis papers of the 27th and a Charleston Mercury of the 22d ult. have been received at Cairo.

’ By advices from the vicinity of Savannah we learn that the surrender of Fort Pulas it was daily expected. The rebel force there had been cut off from all communication with Savannah for thirty days. A proposition had been made to allow the garrison to withdraw, but General Sherman demanded an unconditional surrender. An offer had been made by the friends of the Rebel officers to give $30,000 to any one who would rescue them. General Sherman was about to demand the surrender of the fort, and if refused would commence to shell it.

Our special correspondent at Fortress Monroe furnishes an interesting collection of news from that point. The rebels sent a flag of truce down from Norfolk on Tuesday, bringing a package of letters from the Federal prisoners so dishonorably retained by the rebels, and a communication to Gen. Wool from Gen. Huger. The intelligence from Norfolk strengthens the belief that the Merrimac will again venture out. A rumor, but not considered reliable, prevailed at Fortress Monroe that Yorktown had been abandoned, Magruder's force falling back to Richmond.

Thirteen rebel prisoners captured at Winchester arrived here yesterday, and were forwarded to Fort Delaware.

The commissioners appointed to examine the Western Department, under Gen. Fremont's administration, have made a report exposing gross frauds and wide-spread demoralization among the official circles and their dependents in that Department, but exculpating the merchants, mechanizes and manufacturers from any share in these frauds.

At last accounts Col. Carter, in command of the Tennessee Union troops, had possession of Jackson borough, in East Tennessee, having made his advance through what is known as Baptist Gap. Capt. Milward, of Col. Mundly's cavalry battalion, was the first to enter the town with his company. The force of rebels at Cumberland Gap is variously estimated, and are said to be receiving some reinforcements.

An Arkansas correspondent of the St. Louis Republican asserts "that a note has been received by General Seigel from the Confederate Governor of Arkansas, saying that, if they were not driven out of this State in ten days, he would issue an order for the Confederates to lay down their arms and leave the State.

An official dispatch to the Navy Department from Commodore Dupont states that the rebels have withdrawn their batteries on Skidaway and Green Islands, near Savannah, thus giving us control of Vernon and Wilmington rivers, which form important approaches to Savannah river.

The United States Senate yesterday passed the House resolution — ayes 32, noes 10 --suggested by the President, declaring that the United States ought to co-operate, by giving pecuniary aid, with any State which may adopt the gradual abolition of slavery. The bill for the abolition of slavery in the District of Columbia was further discussed, but no vote taken.

The House of Representatives yesterday passed the bill to assign the command in the field without regard to seniority in rank. An order was issued for the arrest of A. Higgins, for refusing to testify before the Committee on Government Contracts. The Tax bill was further considered in Committee of the Whole.

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