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from Strawberry Plains, Tenn., reached Sevier- position and strength of our forces. Offensive ville. Skirmishing was kept up all day between operations on the part of Longstreet would inthe National troops on one side of the Holston sure the defeat and dispersion of his army, River, and the enemy on the other. The latter though all Lee's forces were with him. Upon had a battery on College Hill, near Strawberry this subject we speak from a thorough knowPlains, from which he played on the Nationals, ledge of the situation; and dared we publish the while crossing the river. Comparatively little facts, the public would feel as much assured on damage was done, the Union loss being not over that point as we do. a half-dozen wounded.—The shelling of Charles- “General Grant left for the front night before ton from Fort Putnam continued night and day, last, and will be ready to personally superintend at intervals of ten minutes. One gun alone has operations when commenced.” fired over one thousand one hundred rounds, at

- A SMALL detachment of National cavalry bean elevation of forty degrees.—On account of the longing to the forces in pursuit of General Long. scarcity of grain in the department of the Ohio, street, made a dash into Cocke County, Tenn., and the factitious value given to it by the manu- capturing twenty-seven wagons loaded with bacon facture of whiskey, the distillation of that com- and flour, and eighty-five prisoners. They remodity was forbidden by Major-General Foster.-ported that Longstreet was stripping the country Rear-ADMIRAL Farragut, accompanied by his of provisions and compelling Union families to staff, arrived at New-Orleans.

leave.--A VERY exciting debate occurred in the January 22.–Skirmishing took place at Arm- rebel Congress upon the act to increase the effistrong's Ferry, a point six miles above Knox- ciency of the rebel army, by the employment of ville, Tenn.—CAPTAIN George P. EDGAR was or- free negroes and slaves in certain capacities. dered to the headquarters of Major-General But- -RESTRICTIONS upon trade with Missouri and ler to investigate into the condition of the poor Kentucky, with some exceptions, were annulled of Norfolk, Va., and to organize a system for and abrogated by the Secretary of the Treasury, their relief.

-GENERAL Wirt Adams, in command of a January 23.—The Nashville Union of this

party of rebel cavalry, entered Gelsertown, near date contained the following: • Indications that

Natchez, Miss., and captured thirty-five prisonthe next battle will occur in the vicinity of Knox

ers, sixty wagons and teams, a lot of cotton ville accumulate. We yesterday conversed with

going to Natchez, and about eighty negroes.several well-informed parties—two of them East

Richmond Enquirer. Tennessee refugees and all the witnesses concur in the statement that every train from North

January 24.-A cavalry detachment from Fort Virginia comes loaded with troops from Lee's Smith made successful scout into Polk County, army; and that these legions are immediately Arkansas. They passed through Caddo Gap added to the force now under Longstreet. It is and found the notorious Captain Williamson, even believed by many that Lee himself, feeling with forty men, posted within log houses. The the absolute necessity for the reoccupation of advance, under Lieutenant Williams, charged East-Tennessee, will leave his old command-or into the village and attacked the rebels, killing what will remain of it—and take charge of the Williamson and five of his men, wounding two, campaign in the region of Knoxville. He and and taking two lieutenants and twenty-five men Jeff. Davis argue this way: If Tennessee is not prisoners. repossessed, Richmond must be abandoned ; if in

The Union loss was one killed ; Lieutenant reinforcing Longstreet's army the capital is lost, Williams and a private were slightly wounded it must be regained, provided the assault on All the arms in the place were destroyed. The Grant is successful; and there is a chance that distance travelled was one hundred and seventyMeade, like some of his predecessors, may re

two miles. main inactive, with but a small force confronting January 25.-A body of rebels six hundred him, and in that event Knoxville may be retaken strong, attacked the National garrison of about and Richmond saved.

one hundred, at Athens, Alabama, but were re“We only hope the rebels will make an early pulsed and routed after a fight of two hours. attack on Foster's command. Nothing would be The Union loss was twenty; rebel loss more more gratifying to those who understand the dis- severe.—Gen. Rawlins's Despatch.

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