The war News — the situation in Georgia--capture of General Stoneman, the Famous Raider — extent of our victory at Petersburg, &c.
We give below a summary of the news received yesterday:
Important from Georgia--capture of General Stoneman and five hundred of his command.
The following official dispatches were received yesterday at the War Department, communication with Atlanta
having been re-established.
The fight on the Lick Skillet
road, mentioned by General Hood
in his first dispatch, took place on Thursday last, and this was the first intimation we had of the occurrence.
As no allusion is made to it in the second dispatch, dated four days later, the inference is that we still hold our own. Indeed, the correspondent of the Associated Press
says that the enemy attacked Cheatham
on Friday, and were easily repulsed, with considerable loss.
Our troops carried two lines of the enemy's entrenchments, but afterwards fell back to their original position.
Altogether, the situation before Atlanta
is quite as favorable as could be expected.
The enemy commenced extending his right about 8 o'clock this morning.
Lieutenant Generals Stewart
were directed to hold the Lick Skillet
road for the day with portions of their commands.
About half-past 1 P. M. a sharp engagement ensued, with no decided advantage on either side.--We still occupy the Lick Skillet
I regret to say that Lieutenant General Stewart
and Major General Loring
In my dispatch of yesterday, I should have mentioned that Brigadier General Recton
was severely wounded that day.
The following dispatch is just received from Brigadier-General Iverson
, through Major General Cobb
, at Macon
, concerning the party of raiders who struck the Macon
road: "General Stoneman
, after having his force routed yesterday, surrendered with 500 men. The rest of his command are scattered and flying towards Eatonton
Many have been already captured.
I shall be in Macon
to-night, and wish rations for my men and prisoners."
, with a cavalry force estimated at twenty eight hundred, with artillery, was met two miles from the city by our forces, composed of Georgia
reserves, local companies, and the militia which Governor Brown
is organizing here.
The enemy's assault was repulsed and his force held in check along our entire line all day. Retiring towards Clinton
, he was attacked the next morning by General Iverson
, who, having routed the main body, captured General Stoneman
and five hundred of his command.
's men are still capturing stragglers.
Major General Stoneman
, who has been captured, is one of the best cavalry officers in the Yankee
He will be remembered by our citizens as the commander of the expedition which made the raid around Richmond
early in the month of May, 1863.
It was during the strategic movements and fighting on the Rappahannock
, which resulted so disastrously to Hooker
, that a large force of cavalry crossed the Rapidan
with the view of cutting off General Lee
's army from his base of supplies at Richmond
Dividing into detachments, one under the command of Kilpatrick
, (who has since been wounded in Georgia
and retired from the service,) one under Wyndham
, and one under Davis
, they damaged the railroads to some extent and plundered the inhabitants heavily on their route.
The damage was soon repaired, however, and the raid, so far as its main object was concerned, proved a complete failure.
It was considered at the time the most remarkable affair of the war. For deliberate, prolonged planning, elaborate equipment and contemptible achievement; for the magnitude of its promises and the poverty of its performances, it was without parallel.
The affair created great excitement in Richmond
; local companies were organized and quite extensive arrangements made for "bagging" the whole party, but they were suffered to escape with slight loss.
's career, however, has at length come to an inglorious termination.
has lost in Stoneman
his right-hand cavalryman, and in McPherson
his right-hand infantryman, and it is difficult to conceive how he will manage his army in the emergency.
Official dispatches were received yesterday from Atlanta
, which serve to clear up the obscurity of the morning's telegrams in regard to the situation there.
The first is dated the 30th ult., and says that recent engagements have forced the enemy to cease extending on our flanks.
The second dispatch, dated yesterday, is of such a character as to render its publication very imprudent.
Suffice it to say, it shows that the new commander
of the Army of Tennessee is highly elated at recent successes and confident as to the future.
An official dispatch from Petersburg
states that on Monday there was a cessation of hostilities from 6 to 10 A. M., at the request of the enemy, for the purpose of caring for the dead and wounded.
Seven hundred of the enemy's dead were buried, or turned over to him for burial.
Twenty stand of colors, instead of twelve, as reported, were captured on the 30th.
Seven hundred men slain in the brief engagement which took place is a fact which illustrates the bloody nature of the fight.
It is probably without a parallel in the history of the war.
The estimates of the Yankee
loss are increasing.
Pending the flag of truce on Monday morning, one of Burnside
's side stated to a Confederate officer that their loss had not been definitely ascertained, but that it would certainly range between 4,000 and 5,000.
Yesterday, up to the time of the departure of the train, everything was quiet in front of Petersburg
is probably preparing for some new move on the military chess board.
The following officers, captured on Saturday, admit that they commanded negro troops in the fight: Lieut. H. O. Daring
, Lieut. W. H. Mix
, Lieut. A. J. Paymer
, Lieut. E. D. Dobbs
, and Capt. C. Robinson
The Army of the Valley.
A report was brought by the Petersburg
train last evening that, pending the flag of truce on Monday, a Confederate officer was informed by a Yankee that the latest dates received from the North
stated that the Confederate cavalry had entered Chambersburg, Pennsylvania
. --Northern papers of Saturday, about as late as could have been received in the ordinary way, make no mention of any such occurrence.