The War News.Nothing worthy of notice has occurred on the military lines north of James river. Four fifths of Grant's army is now on the south side; the Sixth and Ninth corps at the front, the Second and Fifth in reserve. On the lines north of the Appomattox all intercourse between the pickets of the two armies has been stopped by peremptory orders from their respective generals. Warren's troops, during their expedition to, and return from, Bellfield, treated the country people with the harshness and cruelty now commonly practiced by Yankee raiders. Most of the dwelling-houses on their route were burnt, and the owners beaten and otherwise maltreated. As the raiders were much more savage on their retreat than on their outward trip, it is to be presumed they sought to punish the defenseless country people for the injury inflicted on themselves by General Hampton's bold troopers.
From Southwestern Virginia.Unofficial, but reliable, telegrams have been received in this city, stating that a force of Yankees (numbers not stated) broke suddenly into Bristol, Tennessee, before daybreak on Wednesday morning; and there being no Confederate troops there, took quiet possession of the place. So completely was their coming a surprise, that the engineer and train hands at the Virginia and Tennessee Railroad depot were all caught asleep. Three trains, which were standing at the depot, were destroyed. The enemy then advanced up the railroad towards Abingdon, which, we presume, fell into their hands, though we have no information of the fact. The next we hear of them they had, at nine o'clock yesterday morning, pounced down on Glade Spring, a depot on the railroad, thirteen miles this side of Abingdon, taking every one there by surprise and capturing all of the railroad employees except one, who managed to escape to tell the tale. At last accounts, the enemy were pushing up the railroad in the direction of Marion, which is twenty-seven miles on this side of Abingdon. This is a raid in Breckinridge's rear. The raiders, leaving his forces somewhere in the neighborhood of Knoxville, came up the north side of the Holstein river and crossed over to Bristol. It is probable the raiders separated, one party proceeding to Bristol and the other to Abingdon. If unchecked, it is likely they will come up the railroad even as far as Salem, and thence escape to Kanawha by the route followed by Hunter last summer. It is unknown who is in command of this expedition, but it looks very much like some of Stoneman's galloping work. None of the dispatches received say anything about Saltville. If it is unprotected, it has, doubtless, been visited by the enemy. If, however, there were any troops there, the Yankees were apt to fight shy of it and confine their operations to the railroad.
The battle of Franklin.General Hood's official report of the battle of Franklin has, at last, been received. It will be seen that our reported extraordinary loss of general officers is but too true. The following is General Hood's dispatch:
Six Miles from Nashville,
Nashville, Dec. 8, Via. Mobile, 9th.
"Hon. J. A. Seddon: