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AMERICA. FALl, OF COLUMBIA. I The "Montreal Ocean's Company's Steamship St. David from Portland on the evening of the 18th of February, arrived at Greencastle at 10 p.m. on the 2nd. New York, Feb. lR, Evening-Philadelphia papers an- nounce, that the Richmond papeis of Thursday state that Sherman's main columns had reached Kmgsville Junction, 25 miles north-east, of Columbia. The, commu- nication south of the Florence railroad, and on the Charleston railroad is interrupted. A Confederate fliig of truce boat was blown up on the James River, and all on board were lost. The House of Representatives has passed the Tariff Bill, and rejected the proposition to tax the sales of mer- chandise. Mr Steven's proposedtax of ten percent upongoM sales has been defeated- Geu. Grant reports to Mr Stanton this eveni.ng that, to. day's Richmond Despatch says Sherman entered and took possession of Columbia yesterday morning. General Beauregard communicated this intelligence officially yes- terday. From his despatch it appaars the Federals shelled Columbia on Thursday from the south bank Iof the Con- garee. During the night they moved up the river, and on the following morning forded the Saluda and Broad Rivers. During the Federal passage of these rivers Beauregard evacuated Columbia. The Federals soon af- ter took possession. Two days previously, when it was decided not to attempt the defence of Columbia, a large quantity of medicinal stores was destroyed. The Despatch presumes that the fall of Columbia, will necessitate the evacuation of Charleston which the Despatch thinks has already commenced. It was reported yesterday, that the Federals had cap- tured Augusta, but the Despatch discredits the report. The Charleston Mercury announced a temporary sus- pension on Saturday, with a view to its removal to an- other point, this being rendered necessary by the pro- gress of military events. Captain Semtnes has been made a Rear-Admiral, with the command of the James River squadron.