The war News.
Military operations yesterday on the north side of James river
, below Richmond
, possessed but little interest.
At intervals during the morning the report of a distant cannon was heard, which doubtless proceeded from the fleet shelling some position occupied by the enemy.
Persons from the front informed us that everything was comparatively quiet.
still hold possession of Fort Harrison
, and are said to be strengthening the work.
It is also reported that they are fortifying on the place known as "Enterprise," formerly owned by Jacob S. Atlee
, on the Darbytown
road, five miles below Richmond
While this lacks official confirmation, the intelligence comes to us in such a manner as to leave little doubt of its truth.
The rumor that the enemy were re-crossing to the south side of the James
was reiterated yesterday; but the Petersburg Express
has information, received on Sunday, that a train of artillery had re-crossed on the pontoons, and it was not believed that any infantry had gone over.
The conduct of the enemy in Henrico
has been marked by some peculiarities.
While some citizens have been heavy losers by their presence, others state that they have not been annoyed, but that, on the contrary, the Yankees
exhibited a disposition to purchase and pay for such provisions as they needed.
This, however, will be but temporary.
If the Yankees
are permitted to remain in the county for any length of time, they will doubtless display their plundering propensities to the fullest extent.
The report that George D. Pleasants
, sheriff of Henrico
, has been captured by the enemy is incorrect.
They visited his place twice, but he effected his escape.
There is no confirmation of the report that a considerable force of the enemy is advancing up the Peninsula
The operations in front of Petersburg
for the past few days have been quite active, and we give a brief resume
of them for the information of our readers.
Having thrown a large body of troops to the north side of the James
, and gained some advantage there, a division of the enemy's cavalry was moved, on Thursday, across the Vaughan
road to feel our position and strength, and, if possible, to establish themselves in that locality.
Their effort signally failed, thanks to the energy and good behavior of our cavalry, who repulsed the enemy and re-established their lines, which had been temporarily broken.
On Friday, however, a more serious and successful movement was executed.
An entire corps of infantry, with a considerable force of artillery, fell upon our works on William Peebles's farm, on the Squirrel Level road, a mile and a half west of the enemy's original lines, and by force of numbers succeeded, after a sharp engagement, in dislodging our troops.
, and a portion of the line of breastworks adjacent, fell into their hands, with one piece of artillery and a few prisoners.
Flushed with their success, the Yankees
soon advanced again, in the direction of the Boydton
plankroad, and swarmed over Bossieux's, Boswell's, Pegram's and Jones's farms, but were struck on the latter by our forces, and checked in their onward movement.
Battle was here joined, and the enemy forced back in the direction of the captured works, with severe loss in killed, wounded and prisoners.
The engagement began late in the afternoon and was closed by the darkness of night, with the enemy still in possession of the captured works on Peebles
's farm and a portion of their column slightly in advance.
The enemy's dead and wounded fell into our hands, with a large number of prisoners, estimated as high as twelve hundred.
On Saturday, operations were early resumed on our right, and the enemy's advance driven back by our infantry, who, during a charge, captured about two hundred and fifty prisoners, and an assault was made on the fortified position on Peebles
's farm, which was, unfortunately, not successful.
The enemy, during the night, had received strong reinforcements, and had considerably strengthened their works.--Our loss in this affair was trifling.
At a later period in the day, General Hampton
succeeded in gaining a point on the left flank of the enemy, some seven or eight miles from Petersburg
, which, being discovered, a portion of his command was attacked.
Our men were somewhat hotly pressed and compelled to retire slowly; but reinforcements coming up, they again advanced, and in turn drove the enemy to their works, capturing two hundred prisoners and otherwise inflicting heavy loss.
Among our casualties, not before mentioned, are the following: Colonel Bookter
, of South Carolina
, killed; Colonel McCrary
, of South Carolina
, slightly wounded; Colonel Barbour
, of North Carolina
, slightly wounded.
Dr. John Fontaine
, whose death we announced yesterday, was General Hampton
's medical director.
Saturday closed with the enemy in possession of our lost works, but no further advance, and our troops in good spirits.
The body of Lieutenant-Colonel Cummings
, of Vermont
, was found on the field of Saturday's fight.
The prisoners captured represented the Fifth and Ninth corps, showing that the enemy was in strong force on our right.
Many were drunk when brought into Petersburg
, and behaved in an impudent and disorderly manner.
On Sunday, little was done except heavy skirmishing between the opposing forces.
Our troops fell back during the night from the scene of Saturday's engagement, and the enemy on Sunday afternoon advanced their lines some few hundred yards.--Their pickets at one time occupied the houses of Dr. Bossieux
and Oscar Pegram
, one mile distant from Peebles
's farm, but were shelled out by our artillery.
, on Sunday, took a portion of our picket line near W. W. Davis's house, three- quarters of a miles west of the Weldon railroad, capturing twenty prisoners. In the afternoon they were driven back and our line re-established.
The loss on our side on Thursday, Friday and Saturday is estimated at five hundred, and that of the enemy at five thousand.
Over fifteen hundred prisoners were brought into Petersburg
from the battles of Friday and Saturday.
Passengers by last evening's train report that, with the exception of some picket firing, nothing occurred yesterday on the lines.
The situation remained the same as on Sunday, the enemy still holding the works on Peebles
The object of the enemy, in these movements, is evidently to gain possession of the Southside railroad.
Our troops are in good spirits, and, to use the expression of a gentleman with whom we conversed last evening, matters are all right in front of Petersburg
A Raiding party out.
Two regiments of the enemy's cavalry, with artillery, appeared yesterday morning at Russell's hill
, fourteen miles north of Gordonsville
It is supposed that the object of this movement is a raid upon the Central railroad.
Official reports from General Forrest--continued success of his operations.
reports, from near Pulaski, Tennessee
, September 27th, that he succeeded the day before in capturing four trestles, three block houses and the fort at Elk Ridge
, with about fifty prisoners, without the loss of a man, and had entirely destroyed the railroad from Decatur
, with five large railroad bridges, which will require sixty days to replace.
On the same afternoon he reports that he has driven the enemy, after fighting him all day, into his fortifications at Pulaski
, where he finds General Rousseau
, with heavy force, well fortified.
His loss on the 27th was about one hundred wounded; the enemy's much heavier, having contested the ground for several miles.
The enemy is concentrating heavily against him.
is the county seat of Giles county, Tennessee
situated on Richland creek
, a north branch of Elk river
, sixty-four miles south by west from Nashville
, Elk Ridge
is in the same county, fifty-three miles south of Nashville
The latest Yankee papers received announced that Rousseau
was about to take the field against Forrest
, and the official dispatches above quoted show that he has done so. He is a general on whose skill the Yankees
base great expectations, but we believe no match for the brave and daring Forrest
, "the wizard of the saddle."
We learn officially that General P. T. Beauregard
has been put in command of the whole Southern district of the Confederate States
, including Georgia
and East Louisiana
He now commands the armies of Generals Hood
and Dick Taylor