The War News.Later accounts from Georgia represent that our army is in line of battle, confronting Sherman's advance, at Lovejoy's station, on the Macon and Western railroad, twenty-nine miles from Atlanta. We have good authority for stating that every effort was made by General Hood to hold Atlanta to the last. In abandoning the place the Army of Tennessee was saved intact, and all the trains were brought off safely. The surplus ordnance and commissary stores were blown up or burned, and the enemy gained nothing but a city in The Yankees entered Atlanta in a quiet and orderly manner on Friday morning last at nine o'clock and took possession. A garrison and post commandant were left in the city, and the troops passed through to join the main army. It is stated that the citizens who remained were not molested, but that sort of Yankee forbearance probably did not last long. We have witnessed too many instances of the cruel treatment to which the people of conquered cities were subjected to anticipate any better imprisoned on the suspension of disloyalty to the Yankee Government, and forced to take the oath of allegiance, is at least among the probabilities attaching to the event. Sherman is too much of a military tyrant to exercise any humanity towards those who are so unfortunate as to be thrown into his clutches, and the people of Atlanta "who remained" will form no exception to the general rule. There are rumors of a change in the command of the Army of Tennessee, but until they assume some definite shape we shall make no further allusion to them. Everything was comparatively quiet on the lines at last accounts. An official dispatch from General Hood, dated Lovejoy's, September 4th, states that the officers and men of the Army of Tennessee feel that every effort was made to hold Atlanta to the last; and that the army is not discouraged.
From Petersburg.Nothing of interest is occurring on the lines in front of Petersburg. It is reported that there was some heavy cannonading yesterday morning, commencing about one o'clock; but that is an event of so common occurrence as to attract but little notice. On our extreme right, where the most exciting incidents are generally looked for, nothing of importance has transpired since the cavalry dash of Friday. In their retreat on that occasion the Yankees strewed the ground with guns, blankets, canteens and haversacks, (the latter containing four days rations;) bags of oats, which each man carried with him; and other plunder; all of which fell into the hands of our men. They also left behind them some letters, dated September 1st, from which it was ascertained that this force was composed of the Second and Eighth Pennsylvania. Eighth Maine, and a New York regiment. The whole were variously estimated at from eight to twelve hundred men. The Express says it was no doubt intended as a reconnaissance in force, but was brought to a speedy termination by the prompt and energetic action of Colonel J. B. Griffin, of the Eighth Georgia cavalry, who, aided by some artillery, caused a very hasty stampede among them. They managed to carry off Mr. William Peebles as a prisoner, and secured a few horses which they stole from citizens. According to information received from within the enemy's lines, the Yankees continue to fortify on their left, but their works are not so extensive as has been previously represented. They embrace the Yellow Tavern on the north, run down nearly to Wyatt's crossing, two miles this side of Reams's, in a southerly direction, and on the east include the residence of Dr. Gurley. On the west, they approach as near Vaughan's road as it is deemed prudent to carry them. The enemy has largely increased the number of his pickets at the point last named.
Death of General John H. Morgan.Authentic information was received in this city Last night that the enemy surprised Greenville, Tennessee, on Sunday, killing General John H. Morgan and capturing all of his staff. General Morgan's body was expected to arrive at Bristol last night. From this fact we infer that the enemy do not now hold Greenville. Greenville is fifty miles southwest of Bristol, on the East Tennessee and Virginia railroad, and about seventy miles from Knoxville.
General Baldy Smith has been relieved from the command of the Eighteenth army corps, and that Lincoln has approved the order. Grant has assigned Major-General E. O. C. Ord to the command of Smith's corps, and Major-General D. B. Birney to the command of the Tenth corps. According to reports of deserters, Smith had indulged in a free criticism of Grant's campaign, saying, among other disparaging remarks, that it was a lamentable failure. This got to Grant's ears, and the consequence was that Smith was relieved.