The War News.There were the usual number of Sunday rumors in circulation yesterday morning; among them, the stereotyped story that there was "fighting at Petersburg." Between nine and ten o'clock the boom of distant heavy guns, breaking on the ear, seemed to lend confirmation to the report; but authentic advices from the front, received later in the day, dissipated all rumors of battle. On the north and south sides all was quiet. The impression that Grant would make an attack before the election is wearing away, as he let yesterday go by without any demonstration. The telegraph informs us he is engaged taking a census of the McClellan votes likely to be cast in his army.--Perhaps, if he finds this investigation unsatisfactory, he may pitch the obnoxious voters into battle to-day, or even to- morrow. It would, doubtless, strengthen the Lincoln vote, to have it flashed through the country, on election day, that Grant had made a "combined attack upon Richmond and Petersburg, and was driving the rebels before him," or something to that effect. Our only reason for doubting that something of the sort will not be attempted is that Butler is absent from the Army of the James. He has gone to New York city to keep order during the election. A man with his insatiate thirst for military glory is not apt to leave his command on the eve of battle. Not that Butler ever exposes himself to the dangers of war, but when nominally with his army, that is, within ten miles of it, during a fight, he gets whatever credit is gained, and has a thousand handsome things said of his generalship by the newspaper correspondents. Last Thursday week, when his troops were beaten on the Darbytown, the Williamsburg and Nine Mileroads, he was at Dr. Johnson's house, on the Darbytown road, three miles away from any of the fights, yet the newspaper men all agreed that "General Butler's operations on the north side were an entire success." But we must admit there is an other view which may be taken of Butler's absence, His "success" on the 27th ultimo may have been discovered by Lincoln to be of such a questionable kind that he wants no more of them. Burnside made the fight of the mine of Petersburg last summer. The result of that famous affair was not satisfactory to Mr. Lincoln, and Burnside was quietly withdrawn from the Army of the Potomac. There is a possibility that Butler has met with similar treatment. Certainly he failed worse in his undertaking than Burnside in his. The latter blew up some of our men and took some prisoners. Butler lost from fifteen hundred to two thousand of his troops, white and black, and inflicted no injury upon us worth mentioning. To return to Grant. Whatever be the cause, we have to report him all quiet on yesterday.
From Petersburg.Rumors were afloat yesterday morning that fighting had commenced on the Petersburg lines, but evening failed to bring anything entirely confirmatory of the matter. Yet it is pretty well ascertained that the Federal batteries opened on a large portion of our lines on Saturday night at nine o'clock, and both cannon and musketry continued to be heard during yesterday morning, at times very heavy. Present indications point to a heavy attack on our extreme right ere long.
From Georgia.The Yankee corps in Atlanta is still harassed by our forces, but is said to have twenty days supplies, if they put up with half rations. Two hundred wagons, loaded with commissary stores, got in to them safely last week, while our cavalry was scouting in another direction. They came over a country road. On the 22d our cavalry struck the railroad between Marietta and Vining's station, tore up several miles of the track, and captured a large train loaded with ammunition and rifles, which they destroyed; also, picked up a lieutenant-colonel, a major, forty-two Yankees and fifty head of fine beef cattle. The enemy, have contracted their occupation to the inner lines of the fortifications in Atlanta.--They occupy the hill on which the City Hall stands, having strongly posted entrenchments about it. They have destroyed all the frame houses, stables, etc., in the city and used the material for fuel and to secure a clear range. The female seminary was razed to the ground, and the material used in strengthening their forts, barracks and posts. They forage in the neighboring counties with entire divisions for escorts; but lately they have found but little subsistence, and have become very much alarmed for their prospect of supplies. Their source of supply by the railroad is completely cut off. Our cavalry destroy the railroad as rapidly as the enemy repair it. There are eight hundred Yankees in Marietta, which post is not so strongly fortified but that a rapid movement on it, with a superior force, would easily secure its capture. The garrison there is on very short allowance of rations, and it cannot subsist off the vicinity. All the frame buildings have been destroyed for fuel.
From Kentucky.Private advices from Kentucky state that General Lyon is now in command of the Department of Kentucky. The Confederate forces occupy all that portion of the State south of Christian county to the Mississippi river, except Columbus and Paducah, at which places there are strong garrisons.--The Federals have drafted a large number of Kentuckians, and they are deserting daily, and either coming to our army or forming guerrilla parties.--Partizan bands are springing up all over the State, to the great annoyance of the Federals, who say they are determined that Kentucky shall again win for herself the title of "the dark and bloody ground," rather than she shall be free to choose for herself.
From Missouri.General Price did good work in Missouri wherever he went. He completely destroyed the Iron Mountain and Pacific railroads. He burned three thousand three hundred and seventy-seven feet of railroad bridges, besides cars, engines, water tanks, stationary engines, engineer-houses, depots and machine shops.
From General Forrest.An official dispatch was received Saturday morning at the War Department, stating that General Forrest had captured on the 29th and 30th ultimo two gunboats and four transports on the Tennessee river, one-half of which are still serviceable.
Yankees are at Greenville, in East Tennessee, and were pushing out scouting parties from there last Friday. Our forces hold the country as low down as Carter's station, twenty miles from Bristol.