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rs, captured by General Early forces within the last eight days, reached the city yesterday and were quartered at the Libby. They were brought out of Winchester just in time to escape recapture, and, by way of keeping ahead of Sheridan, were marched fifty-five miles in twenty hours, which may be considered an instance of pretty "tall walking." Capture of Athens — brilliant Exploit of General Forrest. The following official dispatch was received yesterday: "Athens, Ala., September 24, 1864. "Hon. Secretary of War: "My forces captured this place this morning, with one thousand three hundred officers and men, fifty wagons and ambulances, five hundred horses, and two trains of cars, loaded with quartermaster and commissary stores, with a large quantity of small arms and two pieces of artillery. My troops are in fine spirits. My loss is five killed and twenty-five wounded. "[Signed] N. B. Forrest, Major-General. Athens is the county seat of Limestone co