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The War News. Nothing worthy of notice has occurred on the military lines north of James river. Four fifths of Grant's army is now on the south side; the Sixth and Ninth corps at the front, the Second and Fifth in reserve. On the lines north of the Appomattox all intercourse between the pickets of the two armies has been stopped by peremptory orders from their respective generals. Warren's troops, during their expedition to, and return from, Bellfield, treated the country people with the harshness and cruelty now commonly practiced by Yankee raiders. Most of the dwelling-houses on their route were burnt, and the owners beaten and otherwise maltreated. As the raiders were much more savage on their retreat than on their outward trip, it is to be presumed they sought to punish the defenseless country people for the injury inflicted on themselves by General Hampton's bold troopers. From Southwestern Virginia. Unofficial, but reliable, telegrams have been received in
o be in doubt. A loyal gentleman says he is at Sparta, Tennessee, with about ten thousand men. This gentleman speaks of what he knows, and the fact indicates that Breckinridge intends to reinforce Hood, and, if possible, reach the main rebel army; but the movement of a portion of our troops, under Stoneman and Burbridge, indicate that he will have some difficulty in forming a junction with Hood. Affairs around Richmond — Longstreet's reconnaissance — Warren's return. A letter from Grant's army, dated the 10th instant alludes to the recent reconnaissance of General Longstreet, and adds: Simultaneously with this attack at the right, the enemy opened their mortar batteries n Fort Durham (Harrison). Some few casualties have occurred during the day's operations, but to what extent I am not able as yet to state. A letter from the south side announces the return of Warren from his unsuccessful expedition South. It claims that fifteen miles of the Weldon road was d