The New York Herald of the 7th instant was received last night. We make from it the following interesting summary of news:
From Atalanta — Wheeler's raid.The Herald contains the following dispatch from Nashville: Nashville, September 5.--The news from Sherman's army to-day reports the loss of the enemy at three thousand killed and wounded. We captured two thousand prisoners, among them a brigadier-general, (name not given.) We also captured a large amount of material. The army is in full possession of Atlanta. There are nearly four feet of water in the river at this point and it is rising. General Roseau telegraphs from Spring Hill, late on Saturday, that Wheeler's rebel force was across. Duck river and had joined Roddy. Both were retreating towards Florence. General Rosseau's pronounces their raid a complete failure. General Kelly, reported mortally wounded, died at Franklin yesterday. General Haskell is also reported killed in a skirmish. Considerable damage has been done to the railroad. A large force is employed in repairing it, and will soon have it in running order again. The damage done to the Chattanooga railroad by the rebels is also being rapidly repaired. Only one bridge has been destroyed — that over Stewart's creek, fifty feet long. Colonel Spaulding was not captured, as reported. He is safe with his command. Captain Price, of the Tenth Tennessee, was killed on Friday.
From the Valley — Sheridan's operations.The following dispatch contains the latest intelligence from Sheridan. It seems Early has not retreated so far as might have been supposed: Berryville, Va.,September 6.--The enemy are still in Sheridan's front, and, as far as can be seen, there are no indications of Early's retreat up the Valley at present. The cavalry corps which left Rippon's store on Friday night have returned, having ascertained that the enemy was in strong force beyond the Occoquan. Recruits and convalescents from the hospitals are arriving in great numbers almost every day, and are being rapidly sent forward to the front. A heavy rain storm has prevailed since last night and still continues, making the transportation of supplies to the front very difficult. It was expected the enemy would have attacked us in our position at Berryville yesterday, and preparations were made at the field hospital for the reception of one thousand wounded; but we were disappointed, and your correspondent holds to the opinion that the enemy have no idea of assuming the offensive, but will be perfectly content for the present with acting on the defensive and holding the Valley. The prisoners captured in the fight on Saturday number some seventy. Up to the time of writing this dispatch, there has been no fighting since Saturday; and, with the exception of little picket skirmishing, everything is perfectly quiet.
From Grant's army.The following bulletin of Stanton to Dix explains the cannonade opened on our lines at Petersburg last Sunday:
Secretary of War.
Death of General Morgan.A dispatch from Knoxville on the 5th gives the following official report of General Gillem, relative to the surprise and killing of General John Morgan at Greenville: John Morgan at Greenville this morning. The killed are scattered for miles, and have not yet been counted, and probably number fifty or one hundred. I have about seventy-five prisoners. Among those captured are Morgan's staff, with one piece of artillery and a caisson. The enemy's force outnumbered mine, but the surprise was complete.
Secretary Seward's campaign — no draft.On Saturday evening last a large crowd of the citizens of Auburn, New York, including several hundred volunteers who were waiting to be mustered into the service of the United States, congregated in the grounds adjoining William H. Seward's residence, in that city, and called for the Secretary to address them. In response to the invitation, Mr. Seward came forward and addressed the crowd at length. He announced that there would be no draft, as there were plenty of volunteers going to the war, and argued to show that the preservation of the Union depended upon Lincoln's re-election. The stump oration which the Secretary of State delivered to his fellow-citizens of Auburn, New York, on Saturday evening last, is an important pronunciamento. He opens the Presidential campaign with the announcement that the salvation of the Union depends upon the re-election of Mr. Lincoln, and that the war must continue until the rebels are forced to sue for peace. He intimates that slavery is no longer an issue of the war, and that the institution will not be interfered with after peace is declared. He is severe on the radical abolitionists, and directly charges the delegates to the Chicago Convention, and the peace democrats generally, with being aiders and abettors of the rebellion and the supporters of Jefferson Davis. He also makes the welcome announcement that there will be no draft, as the Union armies are being reinforced by volunteers as fast as necessity requires.
The Vermont election — increased vote — large Republican majority.The Vermont election was looked to with interest. The Herald had received only meagre returns. It says: ‘ The meagre returns of the Vermont election, which came to us last night by telegraph, indicate that the vote polled was larger than was ever before given, and that the Republican candidates have gained over the vote of last year. ’ The same two candidates ran for Governor at this election, and, as far as the result is known, the majority for the Republican ticket is even greater than it was last year. Vermont can, therefore, continue to claim what the radicals in that section consider a great honor — that she has never given a Democratic majority. The vote for Governor in the towns of Burlington and Rutland was as follows:
|Smith, Rep.||Red field, Den.|
|This Year.||Last Year.|
McClellan and Pendleton. Immense arrangements have been made by the committee. Among the speakers expected are Governor Seymour, Governor Parker, of New Jersey; Senator Bigler, and a host of prominent men from all parts of the Union. ’ Arrangements are being made by the Tammany Hall General Committee to carry out the resolution of the Chicago Convention in regard to a grand county ratification meeting for McClellan and Pendleton. The committee of arrangements will be selected this evening at Tammany Hall.
General Lee. It says: ‘ The Confederacy has but one army left. Fifty general actions, skirmishes innumerable, and the hardships of three years of terrible warfare, have exhausted, have destroyed entirely, the ignorant but hardy population upon which the rebel leaders counted to overthrow the Government of the United States. All that is left of that population now is the rabble of Hood's last thirty thousand and the one army under Lee. Nearly a million armed men have, in the three years of its career, fought the battles of the great rebellion, and we have destroyed all but the last tenth of that immense power. Putting down the rebellion is now narrowed to the question of beating Lee's army. It must be apparent to every reasonable person that, with our present power, it cannot be very difficult to destroy that one army. Writers in Richmond may refuse to see this, and politicians in our Northern cities, blinded by party zeal, may refuse to examine the facts as they are; but no one disposed to use his eyes can deny that the Government which has reduced the immense power of the rebellion down to what is left of it can, by only originally exertion, finish the business for that crippled remnant. ’ With the military situation reduced to the simple issue in Virginia, we find that matters even there are in the position that we could desire. Lee cannot, apparently, spare an effective force to strike for the Weldon road, lest he should weaken his line at other vital points, and thus put himself even more completely within Grant's power. He is helpless, except for stolid resistance; there is no longer any offensive power in the Army of Northern Virginia; it stands at bay, the only one of all the rebel armies that seems disposed to make the last ditch a bloody one. It is with the Government to do the rest. Give Grant the requisite number of men, and let him go in and finish it, and put the Confederacy out of its misery. Our war policy is the simplest that a government ever had; it is simply sending men to Grant.
The capture of Atlanta.We append a copy of Sherman's official report of the capture of Atlanta, which we were compelled to defer yesterday by the demand upon our available space:
To Major-General Diz, New York: