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The War News.

There is no news from the lines in the neighborhood of Richmond and Petersburg. A cannonade was heard yesterday in the direction of Dutch gap, supposed to be the usual shelling of the workmen on Butler's canal.

From the Southwest--General Hood's report of the battle of Nashville.

The following dispatch from General Beauregard, giving General Hood's report of the battle of Nashville, was received at the War Department on Saturday evening:

"Macon, January 7, 1865.
"To General S. Cooper, Adjutant and Inspector General:
"General Hood reports from Spring Hill, December 27th, (17?) that, on the morning of the 15th instant, in front of Nashville, the enemy attacked both flanks of his army. They were repulsed on the right with heavy loss, but towards evening they drove in his infantry outposts on the left flank. Early on the 16th, the enemy made a general attack on his entire line. All their assaults were handsomely repulsed with heavy loss until half past 3 P. M., when a portion of our line, to the left of the centre, suddenly gave way, causing our lines to give way at all points; our troops retreating rapidly. Fifty pieces of artillery and several ordnance wagons were lost by us on that day. Our loss in killed and wounded heretofore small — in prisoners not ascertained. Major-General Edward Johnson and Brigadier-Generals L. B. Smith and H. R. Jackson are captured.

[Signed] "G. T. Beauregard,

We feel assured that General Hood's report was written on the 17th, the day after the battle of Nashville, and not on the 27th--the insertion of which date is, we take it, a telegraphic error. We, several days ago, published a dispatch from him, dated at Corinth, after his army had crossed the Tennessee river.--We regret to find that, even according to his account, the battle of Nashville was a bad business.

The Northern papers tell us that Thomas will soon be heard from in "another direction. " He is going to turn the head of his columns towards Southwestern Virginia.

General Price not dead.

A gentleman who arrived in this city on Saturday night directly from the Trans-Mississippi Department, says that he left General Price's headquarters on the 8th of December, that he shook hands with him, and that he was in excellent health and spirits.

On the arrival of our informant at Shreveport, Louisiana, he was told that General Price had died of apoplexy on the 1st of December and was buried the 2d. This is the account received here, which is, of course untrue.

Men from Missouri were coming in every day.

Since the march of General Price through Missouri, the Federals have been burning and devastating all the country in North Missouri, leaving families in the destitution, without money, food or clothing. Even accredited Union men are not exempted from the general sweep of plantation, but are robbed and plundered without mercy or discrimination.

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