At an early hour yesterday morning the reports of cannon in the direction of Bottom's Bridge gave warning that active hostilities had been resumed, though to what extent was not known until a later hour of the day. A rumor was soon in circulation that Grant was moving his whole army towards the James, and abandoning his position near Cold Harbor, which he had taken much pains to fortify and render impregnable. This report was afterwards fully confirmed. It appears that a force of the enemy, during the night of Sunday, crossed the Chickahominy at Long Bridge, eight miles below Bottom's Bridge, and drove in our cavalry pickets. Report says that they also crossed at Forge Bridge and Turner's Ford, still lower down the river. Our pickets fell back to Riddle's Shop, a point thirteen miles below Richmond, at the intersection of the Charles City and Long Bridge roads, where a brisk skirmish took place between a detachment of Gen. W. H. F. Lee's cavalry, under Col. Gary, and the enemy. This fight was progressing at two o'clock P. M., though with what result we are not informed. A report was in circulation that the enemy had gained possession of Malyvern Hill, but this lacks confirmation. Later advices state that our men, owing to the difference in numbers, were compelled to full back.
[from our own correspondent.]
[correspondence of the Dispatch.]
News from Sheridan's Raiding party.We have the following information from a perfectly reliable source: A detachment of Sheridan's forces about five hundred in number, entered Louisa Court-House on Saturday, and had a skirmish with a portion of General Hampton's command with no important result. They destroyed no property at the Court House, but left in apparent haste. On Sunday Gen. Hampton met Sheridan at Trevilian's depot, nine miles this side of Gordonsville, when an engagement took place, resulting in the complete rout of the enemy, who left six hundred in killed, wounded and prisoners in our hands. The Yankees retreated in much confusion by the route over which they came, through Caroline county. This is the latest information we have of the movements of Sheridan, who to have suddenly adopted the "doublequick." We are peculiarly gratified to record this evidence of the gallantry of our cavalry.
Affairs in Petersburg.There were seven funerals in Petersburg, Saturday and Sunday, of the gallant dead who fell in the local defence. Among the deaths not before announced, are those of Wm. II. Hardee, a prominent merchant, and John Crowder, a young man, whose father is believed to be a prisoner. The brother of the young man — Wm. Crowder — was killed in the fight, and John was thought to be a prisoner, but his dead body was found with in the fortifications. Brig. Gen. Wise has issued an address to the soldiers and citizens who participated in the fight, in which he highly Compliments the militia and says that "Beauregard himself has thanked Archer and his comrades on the very spot of their devotion." Gen. Wise says "a people who can thus fight for their allars must besides, supported, guarded, by every arm which can be outstretched for their defence." So far twelve of the militia have died of their wounds.
From the valley — the capture of Lexington — the movement against Lyncmsiro.The entrance of the enemy into Lexingson was resisted by a force under General McCausland, who fought them until his flanks were turned, when he was compelled to give way. That McCausland did not suffer much damage is proved by intelligence received yesterday, that he was still in front of the forces of Crook and Averill who were reported to be moving from Lexington in the direction of Buchanan and Salem, Roanoke county. These forces were estimated at six thousand. The same person who brings this news states further that a party of five hundred were detached at Lexington and sent across the country to break the railroad between Lynchburg and Charlottesville. A depot agent who arrived here yesterday, having left Amherst Court house on Sunday afternoon, states that the enemy entered that place at two o'clock, but up to the time of his leaving had destroyed no property, nor did they burn anything at Arrington's except a depot building. The railroad bridge at Tye river, according to this informant, was not molested. From the above sources we have a report that General Breckinridge was moving rapidly after the enemy, and was close upon them. We have also the cheering information that Lynchburg is abundantly defended, and perfectly safe. Our forces there are under the immediate. command of General Nichols, though it is reported that General Harry Hayes, as the ranking officer, has assumed the command. We have other accounts which throw discredit upon the report that the enemy occupied Amherst Court-House on Sunday evening. A dispatch from our special correspondent at Lynchburg, received yesterday, pronounces the report premature, but says they were moving about cautiously in that vicinity and in the direction of Lynchburg. Our troops were in line of battle, and ready to give the enemy a warm reception when ever he might make his appearance. It was also reported last evening that an official dispatch had been received from General Nichols, stating that the rumor of the occupation of Amherst Court-House was premature, and that he was misled by information received from a courier.
[from our own correspondent.]
Forrest's victory in North Mississippi--brilliant results.The report of General Forrest's victory over Grierson, in North Mississippi, is fully confirmed. A dispatch from General S. D Lee, received yesterday at the War Department, says that General Forrest attacked the enemy at 10 o'clock on the morning of the 10th instant, six miles west of Baldwin, and fought until 5 P M, gaining a complete victory. The force of the enemy was estimated at 10,000. At the date of the dispatch Gen. Forrest had already driven them ten miles. The following is a copy of a second dispatch received from Gen Lee, giving some of the results of the victory.
To Gen. S Corper: