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Cotton Burning in N. C.

Bill to Enlist Negroes in the Rebel Army Passed.


Rebs Evacuate Corinth


Singleton on Peace.

NEW YORK, Feb. 2. — The Herald's Savannah correspondent, 28th, reiterates the statement regarding the Union men of Georgia having held meetings, organized associations for their mutual protection, and called on Gen. Sherman for assistance, which had been promised. He says the movement extends over nine counties. Ten thousand bales of the captured cotton had been shipped north, and a crowd of other vessels were being loaded with it. The distribution of the supplies of food and clothing from the people of this city and Boston was being preceeded with. A meeting to express the thanks of the people of Savannah for these welcome gifts was held at the Exchange on the 25th. Addresses were made by the Mayor and others, and appropriate resolutions adopted. The gunboat Daiching got aground in the Cambache river on the 26th, and was set fire by rebel guns and burned to the water's edge.

A rebel dispatch dated Wilmington, 28th, says about 400 bales of cotton have been destroyed by fire on the Custom House wharf at that place, and two car loads four miles from town on the Weldon road on the 28th. Whether the burning was accidental, or was the commencement of the carrying out of the reported rebel design of destroying all the staples in the vicinity, does not clearly appear.

In connection with their announcement of the departure of their peace agents for the North, some of the journals of Richmond give a rumor that a bearer of dispatches from the English and French governments had arrived in that city, but said they could trace it to no authentic source. The Dispatch has a report that the French Minister at Washington has demanded his passports.

A Petersburg dispatch in the Richmond papers says there was heavy firing between the Union and rebel batteries on James river last Sunday forenoon. The report that Gen. Breckinridge has been appointed rebel Secretary of War is confirmed. The bill for employing negroes in their army passed the rebel House Saturday. It was said Lee's nomination as General-in-Chief would be sent into the rebel Senate by Jeff. Davis on last Monday, but the latter had declined.

The Herald's Eastport correspondent, Jan. 21st, says that a reconnoisance from General Thomas' army at Eastport, Miss., shows that the main portion of Hood's force was on the 20th at Tupello, Miss. On the appearance of the Union troops before Corinth, some 4,000 rebels stationed there evacuated the place, after burning the railroad depot and Tishomings. Between 30 and 40 of them were captured.

The Herald's St. Louis dispatch says a fight took place at Dardonel, Ark., on the 14th, in which it is reported Shelby was whipped, routed, and evacuated the place.

It appears by a corrected statement that the rebels turned over to Sherman in and about Savannah 286 serviceable cannon.

The Tribune's Washington special says Gen. Singleton, just returned from Richmond, is of the firm belief that there will be no peace between us and the rebels; that there can be none unless they abandon the idea of independence, or we abandon ours of re-union. He says the rebels are sanguine of conquering independence.

The Times' Washington special says of Mr. Seward's mission to Fort Monroe, he does not carry any ultimatum form our government, neither is the President aware of what the rebel commissioners propose; and until he ascertains that fact, it is uncertain whether they will be allowed to proceed to Washington.