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Operations in Sherman's rear.

--It is stated that Wheeler has destroyed the bridges across the Etowah and Oostanaula rivers and burnt the track the whole way from Marietta. A large amount of stores are said to have fallen into his hands at Resaca, which was destroyed after our cavalry had appropriated all that was needful to them. At last accounts, the report says General Wheeler was rapidly marching in the direction of Dalton, where an immense amount of stones, both subsistence and ordnance, has been congregating for some time.

From the Macon Confederate of Friday we learn that General Wheeler massed his cavalry corps near Covington, on the Augusta railroad; and on Monday morning the grand cavalcade of gay cavaliers started for adventure and Sherman's rear. It was rumored in town yesterday that he had captured Marietta and burned the Federal stores there, and had taken an immense number of prisoners. Be it as it may, it is certain that the long-expected effort to cut Sherman's communication is now about to be realized. The Federal cavalry have nearly all recently been destroyed; and General Wheeler is now out just at the right time.

We are assured by gentlemen direct from headquarters that there is not the slightest intention entertained there of a retrograde move or the evacuation of Atlanta. On the other hand, it is expected that Sherman will be forced to retreat.--Charleston Mercury.

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