We have received copies of New York papers of Saturday, the 24th instant.
From Hood's army.The latest intelligence from the "pursuit" of General Hood is from Nashville on the 23d. The telegram says: ‘ The latest accounts from the front locate General Thomas's headquarters at Rutherford Hill, yesterday morning, eight miles this side of Columbia. Since that time our forces have crossed Duck river, and have moved to a point south of Columbia. Our cavalry forces crossed at Hunter's ford, below Columbia, and dashed into the town, the enemy meanwhile retiring without firing a shot. We captured about fifty stragglers. ’ The rebel force was, at last accounts, at Pulaski, yesterday morning. They are probably some distance south of that place to day. They are closely followed by our cavalry. No particular damage was done to the town of Columbia by the passage through it of the two armies. At least one third of Hood's army are without arms and equipments, everything which impedes their flight having been thrown away. Rebel deserters and prisoners report the only effective corps of Hood's army to be S. D. Lee's. Forrest effected a junction with Hood at Columbia on Tuesday evening. The water on the shoals is fifteen feet deep and at a stand-still. Having failed to catch Hood, the Yankees are supplying the omission by wonderful stories of what damage they have done him. They put his loss at eighteen general officers, fifty-one cannon and seventeen thousand men. The Yankee loss is fixed at seven thousand men and two general officers. A telegram gives some more of the same sort of stuff: Frank Cheatham told his aunt, Miss. Rage, that Hood was ordered to Nashville against his own wishes; but he lames Hood for not attacking Schofield at Spring Hill. Hood ordered Bate to attack at Spring Hill, and he did not do it. The rebel army is now beyond Columbia. During the rebel tarry in front of Nashville they captured but two locomotives and ten cars. The railroad is but little impaired, and trains are running up to Spring Hill; but two small bridges destroyed. Trains were to run to Murfreesboro' on Sunday. Telegraph communication is all right with all points; but two small trestles are destroyed on the Johnsonville road. Johnsonville itself was not destroyed. Hood has a pontoon above the shoals on the Tennessee river, where our gunboats cannot reach them. The correspondent of the Nashville Union also gives this account of what Hood intended to do if General Thomas had not interfered with his plans: A few days since, General Hood and some of his staff, together with Cheatham, were at the house of a gentleman with whom I conversed to-day, and who was within their lines, and while there Hood stated that he had intended at first to assault Nashville; that while he felt confident he could do so with success, he had concluded that the sacrifice would be to great unless called upon to do so as a last resort. He proposed, instead, to-blockade the Cumberland above and below, and cut the Louisville and Nashville railroad, and then Thomas would be compelled to evacuate the city; "for," said Hood, "he has but the Fourth corps and a few conscripts; I know that all the stories about his strength are false; his men are few and demoralized"; and all present concurred with him. No longer ago than Wednesday night, Cheatham stated, as I am positively informed, that he had no doubts about capturing this city. "We have taken stronger places," were his words, "and we will take Nashville."
From Sherman's army — account of the capture of Fort M'Allister.The Cincinnati Commercial publishes a long history of the march of Sherman through Georgia. It is rather dull, and as the following summary of it contains about all the lies given in the original, we give it: It was, in the main, uneventful, so far as fighting was concerned, hardly anything in that way having occurred between Atlanta and Savannah. It was not known to the army or to General Kilpatrick himself that he had been whipped, or that he had lost his hat.--In the skirmishes on the march, no general officer was injured, and all the losses from straggling and otherwise will not reach one thousand. The army moved in four columns. Howard on the right and Slocum on the left, with the cavalry in front and rear. In this manner it covered a strip of country nearly sixty miles in width, for three hundred miles. Sherman has cut through Georgia a swath of sixty miles, and has completely destroyed the great railroad quadrilateral of which Atlanta, Macon, Augusta and Savannah are the four corners. The railroad leading east from Atlanta to Augusta is destroyed for over seventy miles, including the bridges over the Yellow and the contiguous river. The railroad running south from Atlanta to Macon is destroyed for eighty miles. The railroad running east from Macon to Savannah is destroyed for a distance estimated at from ninety to one hundred miles. The railroad running between Augusta and Savannah is destroyed from Waynesboro' to Savannah, a distance of over eighty miles. The wholesale work of destruction was carried on leisurely, and with an eye to completeness. Every rail was heated and bent; every tie, bridge, water station, tank, wood shed and depot building was burned, and every culvert blown up.--For miles on the Macon and Savannah and Augusta and Savannah roads the track is carried over marshy territory by extensive trestle-work. This is all burned, and it will be very difficult to replace. In all, Sherman has completely destroyed nearly four hundred miles of railroad track. Sherman reached Ossabaw sound with six thousand negroes, two thousand rebel prisoners, and abundant supplies of cattle, horses and mules. He released no Federal prisoners at Millen. They were hurried off to Columbia, South Carolina. A few confined in the penitentiary at Milledgeville were released by our scouts, to whom the city was surrendered two days in advance of the approach of the main army. No doubt is entertained of the capture of Savannah; but Sherman never intended more than a demonstration against Macon and Augusta to deceive the enemy, and in this he was perfectly successful. A letter gives the following description of the capture of Fort McAllister--a little earthwork, which was never intended for defence on the land side: Last night, General Sherman's right, Howard's wing, was thrown around the city, and his cavalry and pickets rested on the Ogeechee river. General Sherman made a careful reconnaissance last evening before dusk, detected the weak points of the work, and instantly formed his plan for its capture. He gave his orders to carry out his plan, and designated Hazen's division of the Fifteenth corps to assault it. At half-past 4 o'clock this morning, General Hazen placed his division in position, with another division of the Fifteenth corps as a support, and when all his preparations were completed, the order was given, and his gallant division, eager for the fight, marched at a double-quick step forward, penetrated the abattis surrounding the work, plunged through the ditch and scaled the parapets of the fort, ten feet in height, and swarmed into the work under a hot fire, which, while it cut down many, failed to check the advance, and the work was ours. Most of the garrison, bewildered by the sudden sweep of our veterans, surrendered in haste, but others stood by their guns and fought until they were bayoneted or cut down. The work was quickly performed, and not an armed rebel remained within the fort three minutes after the parapets were crossed by our seasoned veterans; and the cheer of victory rang out clearly in the misty morning air and announced success to the eager troops stretching around the doomed city of Savannah. The substantial results of our victory are two hundred and more prisoners, twenty-one heavy guns and a large quantity of ordnance and subsistence supplies, and, in a still more substantial way, an open port, through which General Sherman can draw all needed supplies for his men.
Weed-Opdyke libel suit, to-day, was the evidence of General Fremont, who was on the stand for several hours. Part of the libel, you will remember, was that Opdyke had extorted a large amount of Fremont's California mining stocks in consideration of aiding to make him a candidate for the Presidency. But the evidence of the General gave a contradiction to all that. He went into a very minute history of his mining operations in California; explained the embarrassments of the Mariposa estate, and admitted transferring twenty-five thousand shares to Messrs. Opdyke, Ketcham & Hoey in regular course of business. ’ Hon. Thomas C. Fields, lawyer; Philip Tillinghast, commission merchant, and E. Brown, machinist, gave testimony touching Mr. Opdyke's gun factory, his charges to the city for property destroyed by the mob; but nothing especially new or interesting was developed, when the court adjourned till to-morrow.