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Additional from the North.

From our files of Friday last we get some additional intelligence:

The battles of Lookout Mountain — Dispatches Describing it.

The New York papers have a grand display of fancy type over the news from Chattanooga. The telegrams claim as high as 6,000 prisoners, but the official telegrams only notice 2,000. The same discrepancy is noticeable in the statements of the captured cannon, ranging as they do from 40 to 56. The Washington Star publishes a telegram from Chattanooga, 23d, which describes the opening of the fight:

‘ The reconnaissance in force made by Major-Gen. Thomas has been completed in the most brilliant and successful manner. The troops employed were the divisions of Gens. Wood and Sheridan, of the 4th army corps, under the immediate direction of Gen. Granger. The object of the movement was not only to ascertain the strength of the enemy, but to occupy two bold knolls in front of our left, half-way between our lines and Missionary Ridge. The principal attack was made by Gen. Hazen's brigade, commanded by that General, supported on the left by Gen. Willich's brigade, and on the right by the whole division of Gen. Sheridan.

’ The entire field was distinctly visible from Fort Wood, in front of which Gen. Hazeu's line of battle was formed, and as the whole army was under arms, with Gen. Howard's corps formed in a solid column, as a reserve to the attacking force, the spectacle was one of magnificence.

The field being commanded by the heavy guns of the fort, only one field battery was taken into action. This was planted on an elevated knoll, in the centre of which Gen. Sheridan's line of battle was formed, before the order to advance was given.

The troops moved out of their position just before 1 o'clock in the afternoon, and remained in line for three quarters of an hour, in full view of the enemy. At last, everything being ready, General Granger gave the order to advance, and General Hazen and Gen. Willock pushed cut simultaneously.

The first shot was fired at 2 o'clock in the afternoon and in five minutes the lines of Gen. Hazen were hotly engaged, while the artillery of Fort Wood and Gen. Thomas were opened upon the rebel rifle-pits, and the camps behind the line of fighting.

The practice of our gunners was splendid, the camp and batteries of the enemy being about a mile and three-quarters distant; but our fire elicited no response, and it was soon evident that the rebels had no heavy artillery in that part of their entrenchments at least. Our troops rapidly advancing, as it on parade, occupied the knolls, upon which they were directed, at 20 minutes past two.

Ten minutes later, Gen. Willich, driving across an open field, carried the rifle-pits in his front, whose occupants fled as they fired their last volley, and Gen. Sheridan, moving though the forest that stretched before him, drove in the enemy's pickets, and halted his advance in obedience to orders on reaching the rifle-pits, where the rebel force was awaiting his attack.

No such attack was made, however, the design being to recover the heights on our left, but not to assault the rebel works.

We have taken about two hundred prisoners, captured mostly from Alabama troops, and have gained a position of great importance should the rebels still attempt to hold the Chattanooga Valley, as with these heights in our possession a column moving to turn Missionary Ridge is secure from flank artillery. The rebels fired their small cannon only during the affair.

Cincinnati, Tuesday, Nov. 24.--The Commercial, of this city, has a special dispatch, dated Chattanooga, the 23d instant, which says:

‘ "Deserters last night reported that the rebels were falling back of Chickamauga Station.

"Their artillery has been withdrawn from our front.

"The whole rebel army is apparently in retreat.

"A reconnaissance this afternoon reveals that the enemy apparently are in force between us and Missionary Ridge.

"Gen. Wood in charging up Orchard Ridge, carried the rifle pits under a severe musketry and artillery fire, taking 200 rebel prisoners. We now hold all the high ground this side of Missionary Ridge. Our troops are in line of battle, and will lie on their arms to-night.

"Hard fighting is inevitable to-morrow, unless the rebels withdraw to-night."

Chattanooga, Wednesday, Nov. 25. --We are completely victorious. The enemy is totally routed and driven from every position. Our loss is very small, and the enemy's is heavy in prisoners. Finding Gen. Hooker so successful in his movements against Lookout Mountain the enemy evacuated that position during the night.

Gen. Hooker took possession early this morning. The enemy moved south and got on Missionary Ridge, on the battle-field somewhere near Chickamauga. He is expected to intercept the flying foe. Gen. Hooker is said to have captured 2,500 prisoners in his magnificent assault of Lookout Mountain.

Gen. Sherman being all prepared began an assault at 6 A. M. to-day upon the strong position of the enemy at the north end of Missionary Ridge. He had the day before taken a hill near the position of the enemy. He had to descend into a valley, and he then made another ascent to the position held by the enemy. Two unsuccessful assaults were made by Gen Sherman, but, with the cooperation of the centre, he ultimately gained the position, and completed the great victory.

The brigade of Gen. Carse, with a portion of Gen. Lightpew's brigade, composed the storming party in the first assault. They were repulsed with quite a heavy lose after an attack persisted in for an hour; but being reinforced they were enabled to hold a part of the hills. In this attack General Carse was wounded quite severely in the thigh.--The 37th Ohio and 6th Iowa and 103d Illinois regiments were in the attack. A second assault was made at 1½ o'clock, in which Mathias's, Loomis's, and Raul's brigades were engaged. The force reached within twenty yards of the summit of the hill and the works of the enemy, when they were flanked and broke, retiring to their reserves.

In this assault Gen. Mathias was wounded and Col. Putnam, of the 93d Ohio, killed. Their persistent efforts compelled the enemy to mass heavily on his right in order to hold the position of so much importance to him. About 9 o'clock Gen. Grant started two columns against the weakened centre, and in an hour's desperate fighting succeeded in breaking the centre and gaining possession of the ridge in which the enemy was posted; the main force was driven northward toward General Sherman, who opened on them, and they were forced to break and seek safety in disordered flight down the western slope of the ridge, and across the western ridge of the Chickamauga. We have taken not less than 5,000 prisoners, and perhaps 10,000. Gen. Hooker will probably intercept the flying enemy in the vicinity of Roseville and the region east of it.

There are reports that we have taken a whole corps.

Among the casualties are Lieut.-Col. Espy, of the 68th Indiana regiment; Maj. McCawley, of the 10th Iowa; Col. Omars, of the 90th Illinois; Lt.-Col. Stuart, of the 90th Illinois; Maj. Walker, of the 10th Missouri; Maj. Welsh, of the 56th Illinois; Maj. Innies, of the 6th Iowa, wounded; Maj. Irwin, of the 6th Iowa, killed.

Full reports of the killed and wounded cannot be obtained, as most of the killed were in General Sherman's corps, and remained at dark in the hands of the enemy. The list will be telegraphed to-morrow. The prisoners say that Bragg was on the ridge just before they were taken.

The successful storming parties consisted of Wood's and Baird's divisions on the left centre and Johnston's and Sheridan's on the right centre. Some of our wounded were left in the hands of the enemy after Gen. Sherman's unsuccessful assault, but were ultimately recovered.

Chattanooga, Wednesday, Nov. 25, 10 P. M. --The captured artillery is reported at about forty pieces. Gen. Hooker captured five boxes of new muskets on Lookout Mountain.

We are in entire possession of the field. We have control over the railway and river to Bridgeport. Two boats came through this morning. Our loss will not amount to more than 300 killed and 250 wounded in the three days operations. The success has been most brilliant.

The enemy is reported to be bivouacking two miles beyond Missionary Ridge. Col. Phelps, of the 38th Ohio, and Major Glass, of the 32d Indiana, are killed. Gen. John E. Smith is reported wounded. Col. Avery, of the 102d New York, lost a leg, and Major Elliott is the same as dead.

The following is the latest intelligence from Chattanooga published in the Northern papers:

Chattanooga, Nov. 26.--Gen'l Bragg's retreat from his position of last night is represented as a perfect rout.

Gen. Sheridan reached Chickamauga Station at 4 o'clock this morning. He captured 500 prisoners, four guns, and a number of pontoons.

The enemy attempted to burn the bridge behind him, and partially succeeded. The enemy also burned the depot and stores at Chickamauga.--Gen. Sherman crossed the Chickamauga this forenoon. Gen. Hooker was reported at Ringgold at 5 o'clock this evening.

The desertions and captures from the rebel army are rapidly, thinning it.

The number of cannon captured thus far is reported at fifty-two, including the celebrated Loomis battery, which was lost by us at Chickamauga.

Gen. Sherman's loss is much less than was estimated, and will probably not exceed five hundred.

Nearly six thousand prisoners have been reported as captured.

The son of Gen. Breckinridge and Major Wilson, his chief of staff, were brought in among the prisoners. Gen. Breckinridge himself narrowly escaped.

A strong column is in pursuit of the enemy, and it is not impossible that another disastrous defeat will be forced on him.

The Situation at Knoxville.

The following is the latest intelligence from Knoxville. It is a dispatch dated Cincinnati, the 27th, and says:

‘ We have some reports from Knoxville which seem to indicate that Gen'l Burnside is perfectly secure in his position. The rebel cavalry are now in the country lying between Cumberland Gap and Knoxville, but no damage has been done to our communications with Gen'l Burnside as yet.

General Longstreet has not yet made a heavy assault upon the city, but seems to be anxious to secure prominent positions for his batteries, so that he can command the place from different points and demand a capitulation.

He acts as if his force was not sufficient to hazard a heavy battle under existing circumstances.

A column is already in motion for the relief of General Burnside under General Wilcox, and reinforcements are being sent forward as rapidly as practicable.

Person Brownlow is in the interior, and is working hard to keep open communication with the army.

No fears are entertained here for the ultimate result, especially in view of our great victories near Chattanooga.


A dispatch from Burlington, Vt., dated the 22d, has the following about the great "border conspiracy" of the Copperheads:

Considerable excitement was caused yesterday in the villages of Rouse's Point and St. Albans by reports that a body of secessionists in Montreal had planned to seize Fort Montgomery, destroy the drawbridge at Rouse's Point, and plunder Plattsburg and Burlington. Information of such a plot reached Gov. Smith and Collector Clapp, of this port, on Friday. They immediately took steps to communicate with the officer in charge of Fort Montgomery, who soon had the guns manned and ready to give the renegades a warm reception.--This scheme was probably linked with the Johnson Island project. Ample preparations have beet, made by Gov. Smith to repel any attack which may be made upon our borders.

The New York Tribune has the following paragraph:

‘ The Copperheads of Hartford, Conn., elected their ticket for town officers on Monday. The vote was: For Union and Freedom, 1749; for the Rebellion, Jeff. Davis, and Eternal Slavery, 2,068; majority for evil, 319. That model Copperhead, Thomas H. Seymour, got 358 majority last spring.

John K. Stetler, convicted of an attempt at fraud in fulfilling his contract for coffee for the army, has been sentenced to imprisonment in the penitentiary at Albany for five years.

At Los Angeles, Cal., on the 21st, an impromptu Vigilance Committee hung five persons charged with murder, highway robbery, and horse-stealing.

During the draft in Baltimore a reporter each from the Sun, American, and Clipper was drawn.

Thursday last was observed as thanksgiving day throughout the North.

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