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Singular Battle Field Incident
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Since the little affair of Friday last, in which Gen'l Beauregard tried his hand in springing a mine, the situation in front of Petersburg remains unchanged. The "Express" states that the object of the explosion of our mine on Friday was to blow up a sap which the enemy was running towards an important position on our centre. This was effectually done, as it is known that the enemy's gallery ran very close tot he point at which the mine was sprung. The result will, it is believed, completely check further mining operations on the part of the Yankees at this point, and render them exceedingly cautious elsewhere. The loss of the Yankees was, no doubt, small as the mine did not extend quite to their breastworks. The explosion had however the effect of causing a panic among the enemy, and at the same time gave them to distinctly understand that this interesting game of mining is one in which two cam play, the decision of which, is not always in favor of the one who institutes the game. It is also reported that Grant is sending away his troops, and that he is removing his heavy guns from the front, which indicates an evacuation of his present position. If the sequel should prove this report to be correct, there will be no more fighting of any magnitude around Petersburg. The next grand battle between Lee and Grant may probably be fought on northern soil.
From the army in front of Atlanta Gen. Hood reports the repulse of two assaults on different portions of his lines on Saturday with some loss to the enemy. Since then nothing additional has been received from that point, but we are nevertheless satisfied that all is well in front of the Gate city, and when the battle is joined no tears need be entertained as to the result.
From the lower Valley we learn, through the Northern papers--that a portion of Gen. Early's command occupied Hagerstown on the 4th, another portion estimated at 7000 strong were in the neighborhood of Harpers Ferry, whilst Gen. Early with the remainder of his command, was at Bunker Hill guarding the trains of plunder and grain moving up the Valley. The Harrisburg papers, in commenting upon the situation, say that the force of Gen. Early is now very large, having been recently largely reinforced, and predicts that an incursion into either Maryland or Pennsylvania will be successful. What position Gen. Early at present really occupies, we are not informed, but feel assured that he is not inactive, but in due time will turn up at the right place.
A report has reached here, within the past day or two stating that Bradley Johnson's forces, attached to McCausland's command, were surprised, having 4 pieces of artillery, and 300 men and horses. We trust when we receive a correct account, it will not be so bad as at first represented.
The burning of Chambersburg by McCausland meets with the universal approval of the Confederate press. Just retaliation, though long delayed, has commenced at last, and will continue to be practiced until the corrupt dynasty, which rules at Washington, shall direct its minions in the field to cease their Vandalism, and return so that mode of warfare practiced by all civilized nations.