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The position in Georgia.

The latest Georgia papers contain some news about the two armies in Georgia, from which we condense the following:

‘ Our army occupies a new position. The front rests on and across the West Point road at Palmetto, and the left down the Chattahoochee, near Campbellton. Some letter writers think General Hood intends to move towards Blue mountain, so as to threaten Sherman's rear and compel him to give up Atlanta or force him to attack us in our fortifications.

’ If Hood does not keep Sherman occupied it is very evident that the latter will occupy his time in making raids. The flag-of-truce armistice is to be extended five days longer.

About twenty-five hundred refugees have come South and three thousand have gone North. Some of the citizens have determined to remain in Atlanta until forced out by the bayonet.

Nearly all the young men left in Atlanta have chosen to go North or have gone to work in Yankee shops.

All those who have elected to go North, who have been in the Confederate service, are to be sent there as prisoners of war.

The only parties who have gained consent to remain in Atlanta, who have heretofore been residents, are two men, named Markham and Schofield, the latter a brother of the Yankee general.

A large number of negroes left Atlanta with the exiles.

The negroes who accompanied the Yankee army committed all manner of outrages upon their colored brethren in Atlanta.

Some of the Yankee officers informed Mayor Calhoun that they would be glad if every negro went South.

The Yankee soldiery are pulling down all the houses in the suburbs, using the materials for camp huts or fuel.

A large number of Yankee recruiting agents are in Atlanta. They offer one hundred and fifty dollars in greenbacks for negro recruits.

The Yankee army around Atlanta appears to be divided in regard to McClellan and Lincoln. General Thomas is said to be in favor of McClellan.

Griffin is not yet occupied by the Yankees"although it is pretty well evacuated by us.

No deserter is allowed to remain in that section of country occupied by Sherman, but is immediately sent North. The large number who have left Hood's army have been rightly served. This fact should be widely circulated in Hood's army.

Sherman was very much startled by Hood's new move. A letter from Lovejoy's says:

‘ A lady exile from Atlanta, who came through yesterday, states that Sherman was completely taken aback when the news reached him, and declared that if Hood forced him out of Atlanta he would leave the city in ashes.

’ Another letter adds:

‘ News from Atlanta would seem to indicate that McClellan was gaining ground in the army. At some impromptu elections held in the various corps the votes are said to have been very nearly equal.--Fremont's name is never mentioned. General Thomas, who is a favorite with the Army of the Cumberland, is strongly in favor of McClellan. The cause assigned for the increasing popularity of McClellan is that they believe if he is elected peace will be made at once. If Lincoln is elected they have no hopes for peace.

’ Several hundred of our exchanged prisoners, belonging mostly to Lewis's Kentucky and Govan's Arkansas brigades, have passed down the road.--Some of them came direct through from Nashville, and say that Wheeler did but little permanent injury to the road. They state that the Southern ladies in Nashville were very kind to them, but that they were closely watched by the Yankee officials.

The Chattanooga Rebel, which was being published quite successfully at Griffin, has been obliged to pack up and enter a box-car once more. Governor Brown has succeeded in getting most of, the State cotton away from Griffin. It amounted to about forty thousand bales when Atlanta was evacuated.

Then about four thousand still left there up to-day yesterday.

The being depopulated rapidly, each train of away hundreds. The hospitals have been to Albany, Georgia. What do you think of the position of Augusta and Macon!

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