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The War News.

Nothing worthy of notice has occurred on the military lines north of James river. Four fifths of Grant's army is now on the south side; the Sixth and Ninth corps at the front, the Second and Fifth in reserve. On the lines north of the Appomattox all intercourse between the pickets of the two armies has been stopped by peremptory orders from their respective generals.

Warren's troops, during their expedition to, and return from, Bellfield, treated the country people with the harshness and cruelty now commonly practiced by Yankee raiders. Most of the dwelling-houses on their route were burnt, and the owners beaten and otherwise maltreated. As the raiders were much more savage on their retreat than on their outward trip, it is to be presumed they sought to punish the defenseless country people for the injury inflicted on themselves by General Hampton's bold troopers.


From Southwestern Virginia.

Unofficial, but reliable, telegrams have been received in this city, stating that a force of Yankees (numbers not stated) broke suddenly into Bristol, Tennessee, before daybreak on Wednesday morning; and there being no Confederate troops there, took quiet possession of the place. So completely was their coming a surprise, that the engineer and train hands at the Virginia and Tennessee Railroad depot were all caught asleep. Three trains, which were standing at the depot, were destroyed. The enemy then advanced up the railroad towards Abingdon, which, we presume, fell into their hands, though we have no information of the fact. The next we hear of them they had, at nine o'clock yesterday morning, pounced down on Glade Spring, a depot on the railroad, thirteen miles this side of Abingdon, taking every one there by surprise and capturing all of the railroad employees except one, who managed to escape to tell the tale. At last accounts, the enemy were pushing up the railroad in the direction of Marion, which is twenty-seven miles on this side of Abingdon.

This is a raid in Breckinridge's rear. The raiders, leaving his forces somewhere in the neighborhood of Knoxville, came up the north side of the Holstein river and crossed over to Bristol. It is probable the raiders separated, one party proceeding to Bristol and the other to Abingdon. If unchecked, it is likely they will come up the railroad even as far as Salem, and thence escape to Kanawha by the route followed by Hunter last summer. It is unknown who is in command of this expedition, but it looks very much like some of Stoneman's galloping work.

None of the dispatches received say anything about Saltville. If it is unprotected, it has, doubtless, been visited by the enemy. If, however, there were any troops there, the Yankees were apt to fight shy of it and confine their operations to the railroad.


The battle of Franklin.

General Hood's official report of the battle of Franklin has, at last, been received. It will be seen that our reported extraordinary loss of general officers is but too true. The following is General Hood's dispatch:

"Headquarters Army of Tennessee.
Six Miles from Nashville,
Nashville, Dec. 8, Via. Mobile, 9th.
"Hon. J. A. Seddon:
"About 4 o'clock P. M., November 30, we attacked the enemy at Franklin and drove them from their centre lines of temporary works into the inner lines, which they evacuated during the night, leaving their dead, and wounded in our possession, and retired to Nashville, closely pursued by our cavalry.

"We captured several stands of colors and about one thousand prisoners.

"Our troops fought with great gallantry.

"We have to lament the less of many gallant officers and brave men.

"Major-General Cleburne, Brigadier-Generals John Williams, Adams, Gist, Strahi and Granburg were killed; Major-General John Brown and Brigadier-Generals Carter, Manignauir, Quaries Cockerell and Scott were wounded. Brigadier-General Gordon was captured.

"J. B. Hood, General."

A subsequent telegram from General Hood says that our loss of officers was excessively large in proportion to the loss of men.


From Georgia--Fort McAllister taken by Sherman.

Official intelligence was received yesterday that the enemy, on Wednesday, carried Fort McAllister by storm. The garrison of the fort consisted of one hundred and fifty men.

Fort McAllister is on the Ogechee, fifteen miles southwest of Savannah, at the point where the river is crossed by the Savannah, Albany and Gulf railroad. It is about six miles from the Ossabaw sound. The capture of this position puts Sherman in communication with the Yankee fleet. Without attempting any military criticism, we cannot withhold the opinion, that exposing one hundred men to the assault of Sherman's whole army, was a piece of extravagance that our present military resources do not seem to warrant.

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