The War news.
Yesterday passed without an event of moment on the military lines before Richmond
The deep mud makes military operations, for the present, impossible; and the indications are, that the wet weather is not, by any means, over.
We have had the dryest summer
known for many years, and we have a right to expect a wet winter; such a winter, indeed, as that of 1862-'63, when it rained and snowed almost incessantly from November to February.
Deserters and Yankee prisoners report that great activity prevailed in Grant
's camps previously to the rain storm, and that considerable bodies of reinforcements had arrived.
Yankee newspapers say they were about that time preparing not to make an attack, but to resist one from us, and give it as their opinion that Lee
is determined to make an early effort to raise the siege of Petersburg
The Yankee correspondents describe General Pickett
's capture, on last Thursday night, of Butler
's Bermuda picket lines as a failure.
Our readers have already been informed of the facts of the affair.
It is only necessary to add that General Pickett
still holds the position taken on that occasion.
There has been nothing of importance done at Petersburg
since the forty-two deserting beeves came into our lines on Saturday.
We have no official information from Georgia
From such intelligence as reaches us through what we deem trustworthy sources, we conclude that Sherman
's main army is operating in the country embraced between the railroads running from Atlanta
, from Atlanta
, and the Georgia Central railroad.
He is in the very heart and centre of the State
, his infantry columns advancing on Milledgeville
.--While this is the direction of his main column, one body of his cavalry has advanced to within a short distance of Augusta
, and the other has struck the Georgia Central
road, leading from Macon
at two points — within a few miles of Macon
, and at Gordon
, the junction of the Georgia Central
and Milledgeville branch railroads.
On Sunday, a body of our cavalry, under Wheeler
, attacked his cavalry at Gordon
, but with what result we have not been able to ascertain.
is everywhere laying waste the country with fire and sword, showing clearly that it is his determination to take no step backward.
His force, cavalry included, is not believed to exceed thirty thousand men; and it seems certain that, if vigorous measures are taken
by our generals, he must be checked and destroyed.
It is impossible he should be able to support his army on the country — a fact which alone must very soon embarrass him sorely.
Most persons seem to have very little idea of the situation of the railroads in the country in which Sherman
is now operating.
We will endeavor to make it as clear as we can:
Two railroads, besides the Chattanooga
, which runs north, have their rise in Atlanta
The Georgia railroad runs nearly due east, strikes the South Carolina
boundary at Hamburg
; becomes thence the South Carolina railroad, and terminates in Charleston
The Macon railroad runs from Atlanta
due south to Barneville; thence at right angles to its former course in an easterly direction to Macon
Thence to Savannah
, pursuing a nearly southeastern course, runs the Central railroad.
, on the Central railroad, about fifteen miles east of Macon
, a branch railroad runs through Milledgeville
to a place called Eatendon.
This place is about fifteen miles from Madison
, on the Georgia railroad.
It is said that a portion of Sherman
's army went out as far as Madison
, on the Georgia railroad, and leaving it, struck across to Eatendon, the immediate object being Milledgeville
, the capital of the State
It is believed that Sherman
himself pursued the Macon railroad until he came to Griffin
, several miles above Barneville, and thence struck across to Gordon
, avoiding Macon
altogether, and by this movement placing his whole force in the rear of it. The Georgia railroad terminates at Augusta
, the South Carolina
town, is on the opposite side of the river.
We give these positions merely that the reader may be enabled to judge between the conflicting accounts he will find in the newspapers.