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
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.