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anklin pike, between the lines of the two armies, to arrange the place, time and other necessary details connected with this exchange. Very respectfully,Your obedient servant, J. B. Hood, General. Confederate States Army. To this letter General Thomas sent the following reply: Headquarters Department of the Cumberland, Nashville, December 5, 1864. General J. B. Hood, Commanding Confederate Forces on the Franklin road: General: I have the honor to acknowledge receipt of your comm In reply, I have to state that, although prisoners from your army, they have all been sent North, and are consequently now beyond my control. I am, therefore, unable to make the exchange proposed by you. Very respectfully, yours, &c., George H. Thomas, Major-General commanding. All sorts of rumors prevailed all over the city when the news that a flag of truce had come in got abroad. The general supposition was that General Hood had demanded the surrender of Nashville. Ge
The news from Tennessee, furnished by the Yankee papers, is of a most unpleasant character; but it must be received with the usual allowance. They tell us that, Hood having sent off his cavalry and part of his infantry towards Murfreesboro', Thomas attacked him in his entrenchments, drove him out, and pursued him eight miles, capturing a thousand prisoners. Though we are positive that this story is not true, and though we have a hope that it will turn out that Hood was on the move towards Murfreesboro' when Thomas dashed into his evacuated lines and pursued his retiring columns, yet we cannot forget how the fall of Atlanta was brought about, or at least precipitated, by Hood's sending off his cavalry on a distant expedition; and this recollection is fraught with uneasiness. The Yankee account will be found in another column. We hope, in a few days, to have our version of the affair, when we feel assured that the reverse to our arms, if any has occurred, will be found to be much
mpt was made to dislodge him. The whole of Hood's army is here, except the cavalry and one division, which been detached to threaten an attack on Murfreesboro'. The whole action of the day was splendidly successful. The following is General Thomas's official dispatch: Nashville, Tennessee, December 15--9 P. M.--I attacked the enemy's left and centre this morning and drove it from the river, below the city, very nearly to the Franklin pike, a distance of about eight miles. Id carrying the enemy's breastworks. I shall attack the enemy again to-morrow if he stands to fight, and if he retreats during the night I will pursue him, throwing a heavy cavalry force in his rear to destroy his trains, if possible. George H. Thomas, Major-General. The Baltimore American of the evening of the 16th repeats the statements in the above dispatches, but gives nothing further about the fight. From Sherman. There is nothing later from Sherman. The ships at
a and Tennessee railroad, one of whom escaped from the enemy at Glade Spring, and the other went out from Lynchburg on an engine to make a reconnaissance. These officers also report that the enemy has destroyed every bridge on the railroad between Glade Spring and Max Meadows. Yankee papers confirm our surmise that Stoneman was in command of this raiding party. The news from Tennessee. The news from Tennessee, furnished us by the Yankee press, is not of the most delightful and cheering character, certainly; but we have the consolation, upon which we can always rely where their statements are concerned, that matters are not half so bad as they represent. Thomas says that, on the 16th, he again drove Hood before him and captured thirty cannon. If he has thirty of Hood's cannon, they were captured not on the 16th alone; but the number is made up by adding together the captures of the two days. The reader will find the Yankee accounts in another column of to-day's paper.
w York papers of Saturday, the 17th, and Baltimore papers of that evening. Another Defeat of General Hood reported by Thomas — he captures twelve pieces of artillery and two thousand prisoners. The official dispatches from Nashville report stlay as thick on the contested line as the rebels had stood there. Hood cannot make another such day's fight, whilst Thomas is in good condition to press him — We captured more wagons — cannot say the number Everybody — white and black — did splendidly. The following is the official dispatch of General Thomas describing the second day's fight: Headquarters Department of the Cumberland.Nashville, December 16.--6 P. M. To the President of the United States,Hon Edain M. Stanton, fected with but a very small loss to us.--Our loss, probably, does not exceed three hundred, and very few killed. George H. Thomas, Major-General. Another telegram represents that "Hood is apparently doing his best to get away." Another
ellaneous. Senator Foote has arrived in Sheridan's lines, and, having refused to take the oath, has been sent to Washington under arrest. General Grant returned to Fort Monroe on the 30th, from Fort Fisher. A reconnaissance from General Thomas's army, at Eastport, Mississippi, showed that the main portion of Hood's force was, on the 20th ultimo, at Tupelo, Mississippi. On the appearance of the Union troops before Corinth, some four hundred rebels stationed there evacuated, after bonstruction of a ship canal around the Falls of Niagara. The general officers in the regular United States army now are: Lieutenant-General Grant, Major-Generals H. W. Halleck, William T. Sherman, George G. Meade, Philip H. Sheridan and George H. Thomas, Brigadier-Generals Irvin McDowell, William S. Rosecrans, Philip St. George Cooke, John Pope, Joseph Hooker and Winfield S. Hancock. The Vulture, Lark and Wren, blockade-running steamers, have gone to Havana, it is said, to be fitted ou
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