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AVI-ERICA f N AUG-UST^S. Genera^ Gumore officially reports, on the 24th inst., the practical demolition of Fort Sumter, after seven days' bombardnent. It is a shapeless and harmless mass of ruins. A longer fire," he says, would make it a greater mass of ruins, but scarcely mora powerless for the defence of Charleston harbour. It is unnecessary to continue to fire on the ruins. I have established batteries on my left, within effective range of the heart of Charleston, and opened with them. afffHCvTgiyE^ General Beauregard due notice. My pr^je'cjbilfis e4ter<ed,Charieston, and General Beauregard -designates.i £ eni.tlie,-most destructive missiles ever used .iii war." Unofficial accounts, to the evening of, the-24th, state that Fort Sumter was entirely destroyed, but had not surrendered. The fleet was preparing to move up the harbour. mi NEW YORK, AUGUST 29. The batteries which destroyed Fort Sumter wero located at distances varying between 3,300 and 4.200" yards, and remain as efficient as ever. Quantrell's guerillas are being hunted through.the woods and mountains of the border counties of Mis- souri. Large numbers of them have been killed and their horses destroyed. Dispatches from Stevenson, Alabama, state it is probable that the Confederates are evacuating Chat- tanooga and all East Tennessee. Deserters report they are moving guns and important machinery from Chattanooga to Atalanta. The New York Times urges the Government to pre- pare for a war with France. Such a war, it says, is not certain, but it would be dangerous and foolish to act as if it were impossible. The New York Times has little doubt that Napoleon has made a secret treaty with President Davis for the cession of Texas, as the equivalent for recognition and substantial aid. Confederate papers: received at Morehead City state that President Davis has'decided, after a consultation with the Governors of "the"'Confederate States, to call out 500,000; black troops, jwho ara to receive their freedom and fifty acres of land at the end of the war. A large sloop of war of ten guns, flying the British flag, swept past the blockading steamers afWIlmingtoB, N.C. She immediately afterwards hoisted the Con- federate flag and entered the port. This is the fourth war vessel which has run-the same blockade at that port during the last six weeks. ■ NEW: YORK, SEPT. 1.1 Southern accounts state that the Federals assaulted Fort Wagner on the 26th uilt., but were repulsed. The latest advices, to the 28th ult., state that the Federals were working hard in the, trenches in front of Fort Wagner. It is understood that Fort Sumter, although' seriously breached, will mot be abandoned. General'Beauregard is determined to hold it. This, it is supposed, can be done by erecting a temporary; for- tification. The Federal bombardment of Forts Sumter and Wagner continued without further result. No more shells had been thrown -into the city. Federal advices to the 28th ult. state that Fort Wagner cannot yet be taken. The naval Operations will continue without regard to Fort Wagner. General Beauregard, officially .states that General Gilmore's first demand for the. surrender of Fort Sumter and- Morris Island waslibt signed, conse- quently it was returned unanswered, notwithstanding which General Gilmore, in four hopx's afterwards, threw -shells. into. the city in the middle of the night, whilst the inhabitant^ were sleeping, causing Beaure- gard to threaten: retaliation? if :the act, was repeated without warning.- "iHithi' General Burnside. is near Kingston, about to attain the toWn' 1 ,L'' General Price has 25,000 Confederates at Bayou- Metarie, on the White River, where: amengagement is expected to take place, jThe: Confederate. cavalry crossed. the Big Black River, and approached; -within; eight miles of Vicks- .burg, but were driven hac^ r General Mosby is reported to beer-, killed whilst skirmishing.: General Pemberton's- death is. confirmed. John B, Floyd is dead. President Lincoln has, written a .letter to be read at the Springfield, Union;meeting,on the:3rclinstant. It- 'isi reported that he will foreshadow the "future policy iof the administration. «- :Thejsteamers Alice: Yiviati arid iCrescent, the brig Atlantic, and the British schooners Cadmita and Artist- have been captured. Blockade running between Wilmington and the West India islands is very active. The Now York Eepublican State Convention has resolved not to. tender peace to men in arms nor to consent to a separation of the Union. The Convention repudiates intervention, promises to support the Government in maintaining the ascendancy of the American continent, and endorses the emancipation proclamation. President Lincoln has addressed a'letter to the Con- vention, in which he says he does not believe thafar compromise embracing the maintenance of the Union is now possible. -4 The strength of the rebellion is in its army, and the offer of terrns oy men within the range of that army is nothing, such men having no power to enforce a com- promise. An .effective compromise .must .be made either with those controlling the rebel, army, or with the people under its dominion. No intimation from the rebel army, or from the men controlling it, in relation to a peace compromise, has ever come to President Lincoln's knowledge or belief. "If it does come, it shall not be rejected or kept secret." The President mentions• that he suggested.. compensated emancipation, but the people objected. to. taxation to buy negroes. No direct confirmation of President Davis' enlisting negroes has been received, but it is alleged that the governors of all the Confederate States assembled in Richmond, and after a consultation with the cabinet,, decided that the salvation of the country required the arming of slaves, and that. a call of -100,000 negroes (one for every eight inhabitants) should take place forthwith.. •• Rumours are current that General Lee is making a., movement to flank General Meade. There is a con- siderable Confederate force north of the Rappa- hannock below Fredericksburg. The Confederate cavalry have made demonstrations at various points along the Potomac. NEW YORK, SEPT. 4. Federal advices from Charleston to the 31st ult. state that the monitors moved up on the 31st abreast of Moultrie and attacked that fort. Forts Moultrie, Gregg, and Wagner, and Sullivan's. Island battery, replied to the monitors. The; latter passed Fort Sumter and Wagner without opposition. There were said to be no obstructions in the harbour, and an im- pression prevailed that the fleet could pass up to the city. The Confederate flag was still flyhig on Fort Sumter, which the Confederates were endeavouring to repair. General Giimore's approaches were close to Fort Wagner. • •' NEW YORE,,SEPT. 5. News received from Charleston to the 1st insit. an- nounces that the Federal ironclads had withdrawn fr6m the attack on Fort Moultrie. The Confederates had remounted some gmJ- on the- ruins of Fort Suinter/and MADE other preparations for defence. •' ■' General Gilmore had driven the Confederates firfetn thb nae-pita on the left of his advance linc; 'c.4pttiring seventy prisoner^- He had also run a parallel1 AGAINST F Or t Wagner..No further bombardment of the city had taken place.. ♦

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