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erday. G. H. Thomas Major-General. Chattanooga,October 17--10 A. M. The rear of Hood's army left Lafayette, going south, at daylight this morning. J. M. Schofield, Major-General. The country south and southwest of Lafayette is exceedingly difficult for an inferior army vigorously pursued, consisting of narrow valleys parallel to the ranges of Taylor's ridge and Lookout mountain, broken by rough hills, and destitute of food for men or beast until you reach the Coosa river, a distance equal to three days forced marches. Another official dispatch, dated at Chattanooga on the 17th, is as follows: I left General Sherman at Ship gap, in Taylor's ridge, at dark last night. The general and army are all right and in the best of spirits. General Slocum is all right at Atlanta, with plenty of provisions and forage. Hood's raid has produced no military result as yet. If he wants to invade Tennessee, as he has promised his men, he will lose by