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e only official information received by the press yesterday was that Sherman had destroyed the Northwestern and Atlantic railroad from Atlanta to Altoona, the Chattahoochee bridge included. This movement is difficult to understand, except as explained by unofficial reports that were in circulation during yesterday. If they be true, the destruction of the railroad can be understood, though it will still appear a superfluous labor. The reports had it that Sherman, having burnt Atlanta on the 15th, last Tuesday, had set out for Macon with three corps, amounting together to thirty-five thousand men, and that he had, on yesterday, reached Jonesboro', twenty-two miles south of Atlanta.--If there is truth in these accounts, as we believe there is, Wheeler has much to answer for. It devolved upon him to watch Sherman and keep posted as to his movements. Only four days ago he reported him "moving towards Bridgeport." Now, it is said, he reports him moving towards Macon, as above stated. W
We have received copies of New York papers of Tuesday, the 15th instant.--The news is not important. Sheridan's movements in the Valley. The correspondents from Sheridan's army merely mention the "strategic reconnaissance" by which Custar and Merritt lost two or three hundred men on Thursday by attacking Rosser, and go on to dress up a victory for Powell. A letter, dated at Martinsburg the 12th, says: The strategic reconnaissance by our cavalry on Friday caused the enemy's cavalry, under Lomax, to advance against our lines on Saturday morning. Considerable fighting ensued, during which the enemy were repulsed with great loss.--General Sheridan then ordered Colonel Powell to pursue them in their flight. This he did with the greatest vigor and success. He drove them through and beyond Front Royal, and captured two guns, one hundred and fifty prisoners, several wagons and a large number of horses. Our losses are said to have been considerable, as the fighting was