The War news.

Unbroken quiet still prevails on the military lines north of James river.--Butler has gone south, in ships, it is believed to attack Wilmington. The Yankee papers say he is in command of a large land force, which is to co-operate with the monitor fleet; but he has left his negroes behind. The Eighteenth corps, now composed entirely of negroes, still holds Newmarket Heights and Fort Harrison, and its sable pickets daily tramp within easy musket range of our lines.

On General Pickett's lines, between the James and Appomattox, quiet also reigns. At Petersburg, however, the Yankees are spiteful, and rarely permit a day to pass without treating us to a cannonade. On Monday evening they shelled our left, near the Appomattox, vigorously for two hours. On this occasion, we are glad to learn, no casualty occurred amongst our men.

From Southwestern Virginia.

We have nothing from the Stoneman raid on the Virginia and Tennessee railroad except the report, stated in a telegram received yesterday by a member of the Legislature from Southwestern Virginia, that on last Sunday evening General Breckinridge, having marched out from Saltville, attacked the enemy at Glade Spring, and gained a decided success, and that he renewed the attack early on Monday morning, compelling the enemy to retreat precipitately towards East Tennessee. This report is not confirmed by any official intelligence received at the War Department, but we see no reason to discredit it. If General Breckinridge had collected such a force as would at all justify him in leaving his entrenchments, there is no doubt that he has done so; and it is just like Stoneman to be cut down in mid career, as he was during his last raid in Georgia.

From Hood's army.

We are again, and are likely to be for a week to come, dependent upon the Yankee press for news from Tennessee Unofficial telegrams from Nashville state that they have at that place five thousand prisoners and forty-nine pieces of cannon, taken from Hood during the battles of the 15th and 16th. We are not in a position to disprove these statements, but we have repeatedly known quite as positive announcements to turn out absolutely false and unfounded. Perhaps the telegraph is again to blame, as, from Stanton's bulletin, it appears to have been in diminishing Thomas's casualties from three thousand to three hundred.

It is noticeable that Thomas sends no telegram on the 17th, and that the "unofficial" telegrams say nothing of what is going on, and do not tell us where Hood is. It is not impossible that matters have taken a turn, at once unexpected and unpleasant to Thomas, who, on the 16th, according to his own account, was driving our army down ten or a dozen turnpikes at once. Perhaps General Forrest, with his splendid cavalry, have turned up in the right place and put a sudden change upon the aspect of affairs. He has a way of turning up unexpectedly, and always make his presence felt. He had had abundant time to rejoin Hood, even though he were at Murfreesboro' when the fight began; and we think there is little doubt he has done so. This assurance, and the knowledge of the weight of Forrest's sword and presence, together with the certain conviction that Thomas would have telegraphed Stanton had he had anything agreeable to communicate, cause us still to hope that General Hood's condition is by no means hopeless; and that his army is not, as the enemy express the hope, in danger of being "crushed."

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