The War news.
All was quiet yesterday on the lines below the city.
There has been a great deal of cannonading on the lines at the Petersburg
during the past five days. Wednesday and Thursday the enemy's batteries on the left shelled our works on the Chesterfield
side of the Appomattox
for an hour or so, and threw a good many bombs from their mortars, but accomplished nothing.
It was reported here yesterday that a fight had taken place at Petersburg
on the previous night, during which we had captured a thousand prisoners. The story was without foundation.
One hundred and nine prisoners, including a captain and two lieutenants, belonging to Warren
's column, and captured by General Hampton
, were brought to this city last evening.
The raid into Southwestern Virginia--the salt works Considered safe.
The raiding column which, on Wednesday, burst into Southwestern Virginia
, are still in motion, having met with no check.
They are believed to consist of five thousand mounted men, under Stoneman
It will be recollected we stated yesterday that, on Thursday morning, at 9 o'clock, they had reached Glade Spring
, taking the people there by surprise and capturing all of the railroad employees, with one exception; and that at last accounts, a portion of them were advancing up the railroad in the direction of Marion
Information was received here yesterday that the main body had left the railroad at Glade Spring
and started towards the salt works, six miles distant; and that the smaller party, previously mentioned, had passed Marion
and were advancing on Wytheville
, which is fifty-five miles this side of Abingdon
The object of this party is, doubtless, to break up the railroad, and thereby prevent reinforcements from being sent from the east to our troops at the salt works.
They will, of course, destroy as much property as possible along their route.
The main body, who moved on the salt works, have, by this time, we think, discovered that position is safe from their attack; for we are glad to be able to state that it is held by a first-rate general and an abundance of troops to hold it against any force the Yankees
, if he be indeed, as we think, commander of the raiders, has also discovered that his sudden irruption into Southwestern Virginia
was not entirely unexpected by our military authorities, although he did catch the citizens and railroad people asleep.
We hope he will find this out to his cost before he gets through with his raid.
It has only been a few months since a previous raid of his, begun under quite as auspicious circumstances as this, was brought to a disgraceful conclusion by himself and most of his men being made prisoners.
A similar fate may again be in store for him.
We have no news from Sherman
which was not published yesterday.
He has captured Fort McAllister
and invested Savannah
on the south and west.
No fighting has yet occurred.