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Wheeling register.
' Xtle|nipfcto?Mi*?rf, '
Goldclosedlast night at*2 14* a decline
| u cents since Saturday night
Tk Richmond Enquirer of the 16th
~"-iv urges the arming of the slaves.
Th. Whig has a report of fighting in the
zhborhood of Bristol on the East Ten
road The Sentinel admits the cap
^Tof T<>rt McAlister by Sherman and
Jh3t he wiUuow be able toget supplies by
lU ofOssibaw sound.
Gen Ferreuo's corps, at Bermuda Hun
, -j vrtTc attacked on the evening of
tte loth by the rebels. The firing was
kept up for about an hour, but waa mort
is confined to the pickets.
' x^o rebel rams, the Virginia and the
Bichmond, were lying under the guns of
Fort Darling on Friday evening.
The Cincinnati Qaxettt publisher a de
ruled account of Thomas' great victory,
the substance of which may be found in
our telegraphic columns. The results of
?U tattle, were 5,000 prisoners. 30 guus
7,000 small arms*.
The Secretary of War ba$ issued an or
Jcl requiring all Provost Marshals and
Boards of Enrollment, to arrest and send
^ the front, without delay, all deserters
aad other shirkers of duty Hospital ,
Surgeons are required to send forward at
ence all the men in their charge who
may be ?t fcr sen-i ce in the field. Re
cruiting officers are exhorted to diligence,
and all who are found useless are to be
I .mediately recalled, and sent to their
respective commands.
Richmond papeTi of Saturday concede
t:a speedy fall of Savannah Telegraph
3 communication with that city has
been cut off.
All interesting debate on the defense
J the Northern frontier, took place in
the Senate yesterday
Thirty companies of Canadian volnn
^ , h ire been despatched to the fron
ft* ial Dana commanding the De
t ;; i.. r.t of West Tennessee, has ordered
tiat all exemptions from military duty,
,i ; i in between the ages of IS and 45,
except certain specified cases, will be
iifin that Department after Janury 1st
Die litest acconuts from Nash Wile re
port that Thomas is "till pursuing Hood
The tear guard of the rebel anny was at
tacked on Saturday by Hatch's cavalry,
,.kd a number of prisoner* captured It
i timated that Hood has lost 15,000
biuce adducing from Columbus,
fhvee Conil lerate Brigadier Generals,
set previously reported were captured in
Friday's battle, ~it. Gens Johnson,
*imitb and Ruckev ^
Thl Graftou Jouvnol i^ iu of the
? i tint of Mr Campbell to the Senator
-r.i-. Th ?t settles the matter Archv
di ciituinly win Dinua'ye hear it,
. u i vN T f the slogan of the Iligh
i, i ? from awas np about Grafton ?
,u! h. C v .JPBEi.L is coming Oh Ho'
0. 1 r
r\? ? ???
??>, t i \ ER IN OR.vt TON The oii ex
a?eu ha? at length found its way to
Or : . iud it , immediate vicinity The
ay, One company has been al
. . ,i Mitized there, a ud seveial oth
ti : .'i piv?ee?tof formation, for the
l .i > i prosecuting the oil business
Tie .? mi iiiT already formed is com
pc d . i Mesa ? Wm A Turner, (?. F W
Z: .t d A Armstrong, all of Taylor
.:uLr. Tiicy have leased quite an
ittOuM oil territory, and are making
pupai ; l. io sink wells at an early
Ti. a.:d FO???RY. -Mi Athel
tsa a Icrrerman. W Va was shot
&cngh the foot , one day last week, by
? soldi-: i of the 17th W Va , who was en
.nag to rob him oi his horse
I^e World remarks that the Preai
floit in hi; message; seems to be pos
K:?id vritii the notion that the war naa
w<itd to the population and wealth of the
wicn He says we are* 'not in process of
-?r- vii. but "are gaining in strength,
a-> > Tu r. v , if need be, maintain the con
t?* indefinitely." The Comptroller of
luasury, ili McCulloch, seems to
?tick ditteiently and we believe he is
??sit He rays
"heij nionev is plenty, and fortunes
l*e being rapidly acquired, the country
iu a feverish and unhealthy
? Ti.ir; is especially true at the pres
et time The enormous expenditures
:nhe eminent and the great advance
siucc the commencement of the
^ 1 ' c &aJc many persons suddenly
-A upou fortunes suddenly ac
k. " - Lave followed reckless expendi
7 ? ^xt'ijVHgance, uaote Speculation
^ place of sober and perse
n^; try.and thousand* ar( deluded
'icfi j/i thui the wealth of the nation
J I, thf increase of its in
1 f(Ht G? i? Dana iu Bfiftiu* <?
- ? D 19 ^Oen Dana has issued
? ruci by -rriiich all exemptions from
:^a7- heretofore granted in the
1 Tennessee, will be void
r 'J T January next, andallper
cen rhe age? of 18 and 45 years,
exemption from any cause, must
?v?tr ?'* ^cl Vi00f procure a certi
to; : r': date Persons wishing
Witt the Board, will first
military headquarters and
? ^'hars to the credit of the mili
^iiU * . n certificates of exemption
%tnKW,te? *or six months only; fail
ted n; the3e- tbe party will be im
]Ci- :l5-.iclied to a company
*ic* J^ofthe Gospel, in the perloiin
functions as such; civil of
^abiset- 'fUS3iuned by the President or
i^Tirr 'P^rators and cipher clerks of
I ^ ci I riU^ servants of of
V cth, nfc &llu/ aud uavy, are exempt
%ees. au lU( lli(Ung government em
^>15 ar^UL an(* re^ deserters, be
f,r T mubT enroll or leave the
M0m 110 to $100 for
UT 01 ^ nulitia fund.
The Battle of the 16th.
Complete and Vivid Details.
PMltiMaf ikeFw?ei before the Bat
tle? Terrible and Determined Fight
iag-Herrible appearance of the
PWi after the Conflict? ft, 000 Pri?
MMil 30 |ui and 7,000 small arm*
[Press Dispatch]
Cincinnati, Dec 18 ?The Gazette pub
lishes a vivid description of the battle of
the 16th.
The day opened cloudy, with indica
tions of rain. There was a dense fog at
an early hour, but this soon cleared away,
and at 8 o'clock we were able to deter?
mine the enemy's position. During the
night of the 15th, Hood withdrew both
of hia wings from the river, contracted
his lines every where, and was holding a
strong position along Granny White
Hills, his centre protected by two lines
of entrenchments.
Our own troops were disposed in the
following order: Wilson's corps on the
extreme right. Schofleld's23d corps, con
sisting of Couch's and Cox's divisions,
were at first held in reserve, but before
the main battle opened, had taken a pos
ition on the left of the cavalry, thus
forming the right. Our infantry line, A.
J. Smith's lCtn corps, consisting of the
divisions of M' Arthur, Garrard and Moore,
came next on the left of Schofield On
the left of Smith the magnificent 4th
corps of T. J Wood, consisting of the
divisions of Kemball, Elliott and Sam
Beatty, was formed ui close.^ order of
battle and partially massed Steadman,
with Craft's division and two brigades of
colored troops, held the extreme left ?
Our plan of battle was a continuation of
that on the 15th, in pressing the advan
tage gained on the enemy's left
At about half pa5t four our batteries
opened from a hundred pieces simultane
ously along the entire fines The rebel
artillery replied feebly Schoiield, mar
ching down Granny White Pike, careful
ly concealing his strength, placed hia
corps directly upon the enemy's left
flank. Steadman at the same time worked
his way forward, and the enemy in <he
meantime strengthened his advanced
line. This determined Wood to carry his
line without delay in splendid order ?
Kimball's first division moved forward to
charge, firing volley after volley Still
they pressed on until within hall a mile
of the spot, when the enemy's lire became
so deadly that our men, in order to return
it more effectually, came to a halt ?
Longer, perhaps, than any tioops ever re
mainedin such positions, they stood and
filed fast and furiously at the enemy but
they could not remain there and live ?
i A few gav^ray and fled in disorder;?
The whole line staggered, and had the
rebels done nothing more than to keep up
their deadly fire, should have been driven
back ; but they made a movement to shut
their artillery, which our men received
as an indication that they were about to
abandon their works and retire Raising
a loud shout, the division, with fixed bay
! onets, rushed impetuously forward, and
' swarming over the works captured such
i rebels as had not fled They nad tune to
i get awav two guns, but the rest fell into
j our hands
; As soon as this preliminary tmccess
! was achieved, Gen Thomas, who was seen
j during the day in the very trout line of
| battle, ordered a charge along the entire
J line. Schofield moved upon the Ie4't
' flank of the enemy, and before lii.?> vete
rans the rebels gave way like frost wirk
The assailed flank crumbled lo jueffs as
' Schofield advanced, and was rolled back
j upon that portion of ilit hue which just
; now was attacked by A .T Smith's troops,
i with a weight and energy nothing could
! withstand, McMillen's brigade, foremost
in the battle as on the previous day,
rushed right up in the very teeth of
three rebel batteries and carri^l at the
point of the bayonet the iuliem point of
the enemy's works in a few moments
Their works were everywhere carried,
their forces utteii^ routed, th&r sofdiers
captured by thousands, and every piece
of his artillery fell iu our hands tuch
a9 escaped death or captnie fled toward
Franklrn pike and took refuse behind
S D. Lee's corps, which held tne ?aps in
I the hills
Wood and Steadmau on the leu had
now united and prepared to assault the
rebel right, which was still unbroken -
Col Post's brigade moved forward;
Straight's brigade of Sam Beatty's divis
ion formed on nis right in support imme
diately on Post's left; Thompson's col
ored brigade was drawn up; Morgan's
colored brigade was next on the left ?
The enemy resumed their fire until Post's
brigade commenced to climb the hill,
when a perfect hurricane of shot, shell
and canister tore through his ranks. Ia
the face of this fire our men steadily ad
vanced. The colored troops vied with
the white in the persistent energy with
which they forced their way up the hill:
Thompson s men, in endeavoring to pass
around to the left, met a terrible dank
fire, which confused their ranks
The troops on the right, torn in pities
by the terrible fire, paused an instant,
and at this juncture the brave Colonel
Post was mortally wounded In a mo
ment all order was lost and our men,
whose conduct had immortalized them,
rushed back confused and bleeding tc the
line from whence they started. Wood
soon reformed his broken battallions and
issued orders for a renewalof the assault,
while Post's veterans again assailed the
hill directly, and Thompson's Africans
moved on the rebel right Elliott's and
Kimball's divisions were hurled like a
thunderbolt against the rebel's left
Wood himself, accompanied by all his
staff, followed aud directed the charge
TTie rebel fire blazed forth anew, but our
soldiere without hesitation or pause car
ried the entire works, with all their
guns, and drove the rebels in dismay
from the hill This was the last stand
the rebels made, and their whole army
wa? now fleeing in rout and panic
Had not the night intervened, the
army would have been destroy ed
The appearance of the battle-field was
terrible in the extreme Bain wa3 failing
rapidly. The ground was thickly cov
ered with dead and dying. The camp
was torn and trodden in the
nuory wjiovAo g iu\?
caissons The correspondent says.- "I
pushed forward to the =onthera slope of
the hill. It was almost dark The rain
was pouring steadily down, and standing
there amidstthe dead and dying I caught
the last glimpses of our lines of battle,
and heard the last triumphant shouts of
our soldiers, as even through the darkness
of the night they pu?bw on . after t He
flyi ngfte?
The remits of the battle were 500}
prisoners, 30 fans and 7000 small aunt,
Further fr?M Thmu' Amy-Tke
Canaltin, Ciptim,
Lmi 11,000-Cw. W?4 im Heed's
Bear. : 3 31 >CTB 3i3 71 I
fPresa Dispatches. ]
Nashville. Dec. Id? Our forces ad
vancing southward this morning about
8 A. M. captured a body of rebel prisoners
estimated 4* aP?$r
are one general kna aHMttnoer of ?
sioned officers. The capture was mads
between Brentford, eighteen miles sooth
of this on the Franklin pike, and Harpeth
river. An order for one thoay nd yMo
Eard prisoners has jnst been received by
n. John A. Miller, commander of the
Sost, They are expected to reach here
uring the day.
Loaaesin three brigades of. the 1st di
vision of A. J. Smith's army; 36th Iowa
?22 killed and 17 wounded. Among the
killed is Colonel 8. G. Hill, commanding
brigade. 12th Io w-al lyUed and 17 ijrouncl-_
ed. 33d Missouri, 3 eeunttuttaied tfBeeit*:
wounded and 39 privates wounded 7th
Maine, 7 killed and 51 wounded,
Col: Spiaulding and a brigade of Ten
nessee cavalry distinguished themselves
yesterday- Col. SpattldiHg Wta*<n Ike 1
heat of the battle and was noted for his
daring conduct. The 10th and 12th Ten
nessee regiments contributed largely to
the success of the day.
The total number of Confederate of- J
fleers captured yesterday was as follows:
Three Colonels, one Lieut. Colonel, seven
Majors, forty-six Captains, one hundred
and fifty-seven Lieutenants and two Sur
geons. Among pri?eQ0f4tpjbeh yesterday
were three other Brigadier Generals not
yet reported, viz: Brigadier Generals
Johnson , Smith andRucker. Half of the
prisoners are barefooted and all are
sleeping on beds of rock. Diu^ig the
fight of Spring Hill.Maj. Bowding, of the
1st Tennessee, was mortally wounded
His men swore to avange his death, and
they did it in yesterday s fight with des
perate valor. Gov; Andrew Johnson was
present on the field in thS Vicinity of the
last bloody charge, which he watched
with intense interest
Additional particulars of yesterday's
engagement are very creditable to our
cavalry, who contributed to the defeat of
the rebels by their effective co-operation
Gen. R. M Johnson is not among the
killed as reported He has turnea the
rebel flank and crossed the HarpefB* riv
er, 11 miles from theoHy. I - ? .
A large number of rebel prisoners
reached the citv last night and this mor
ning, who will be forwarded North at
Anion# the killed in yesteidayV tight
were Major Story, 10th East Tennessee
cavalry; Lt Van Fleet, 29th Michigan,
and Lt John Searist, of the 123rd About
100 deserters came into our lines vester
day The army is to-day undoubtedly
attacking the rear of fhertbfclfl, as heavy
firing was hoard in the direction of their
Earft tu*? wornins the .total number
of prisoners captured in the twb cteyV
fight, was estimated at C,f>00 Hood's loss
in men cannot be less than lo,000,?uincC
he advanced from Columbus towards
Gen Thomas is determined to again
give battle, and has ordered pontoon
trains forward tu cross the streams be
tween this city and Columbia , ,
Reliable information confirms the ee<u
scription of several well known citizens
residing near Nashville, among them
McGarock, Holding, Johns and Archer
Cheatham, who have been forwarded to
Nashville ? h -? V?
During the heavy sutillery fight about
noon, the 6th Ohio Battery, located im
mediately to the left of the Franklin
pike, iujt.wo successive shots from their
gtlns, blew up two caissons of a rebel
battery of Stanford, Miss , the whole of
which V as afterward-? taken by om forces
in the last assault . /
Weather to-day warm, with showers.
River rising, with eight feet on shoals.
Louisville. Dec 19. ? The Journal
lerrns that General Wood liae got -into
Hood a rear, near Franklin, and it is
though i Hood's .army will be speedily
crushed ^
? ?
The tueiu^ui Full Beiieaa? Fi auklin
Full si Rebel Wsauded
I ' . ^(Pre95 Dispatch]
Nashville, Dec'f9 ? A
left Franklin yesterday, report 3 tjiesebel
force in full reneat Hatch's ctyralry at
tacked the rear guard of tlsjp^bfel^op
Saturday, capturing a number of proon*
ers. The 1th coips crossed Harpeth Riv
er at Franklin. Sunday morning
Jr ranklin is reported full of rebel
wounded, over 3,000 beiug left there on
their retreat Every church and public
building there has been taken for hos
pitals, Nearly all the churches in this
city have been appropriated for the use
of our wounded
It is rumored here that Rosseau s com
mand attacked and routed part of For
rest's force, near Miuireesboro on the
15th inst
There were heavy rains here yesterday
and last night Tile river is rising rap
idly, with 12 feet of water repotted on
the shoals
eomiei 'aha
From Blckmond Paper*.
New York, Dec. 19.? The Herald's cor
lespondent at Butler's headquarters, un
der date of 17th, says: The Richmond
Enquirer of the lC?th has a semi-official
editorial in favor of arming slaves, and
says General Lee is in fovor of the propo
sition The Enquirer saya: "When we
supplicate European nations fur help, we
must be prepared to receive it on their
conditions, which will be the abolition of
slavery/' It also asks "Shall we pro
long war, sarofice _?ux children and de
stroy our coiUiujt jfci the sake of the ne
groes?" It concludes: ' We hate defeat
aud despise the enemy far more than we j
love slavery."
A telegram to the Richmond Wing,
from Lynchburg 14th, savs: A body of
Yankees ret tunon* Bean's Sta
tion, encountered rat forW$ at "East Z?1>
li coffer Station, East Tennessee road,
within nifiemile^uf Bristol /jvheAf^i light
was said to be progressing at lasf ac
The Richmond ."Sentinel -or. tnc. loth, ;
says Foster is quiet under his failure on ;
the Savannah railroad, and Sherman has
seemingly despaired of opening commuio*
cation with the sea^t Beaufort v The.
capture of Fort McAiiater is announced
The liability pf its cantrae has "been well
understood 'Sherffira xrnT Bow be able
i to get supplies by way of Ossabaw Sound
Should he capture Savannah he will have
exchanged a -oityXn the intariai tor *
city on the coast, which has teen com
pletely closed to commerce since the loss |
of ron m ?om J
Quebec, C W , Dec. 19 ?Three compa- !
nies of volunteers have been dispatched
to the firontierfchte weik. o C O : mi.
fcajaotte, Chief of Police of Montreal,
tat resigned, doubtless to avoid dismiss
**i -m ' ' 1
[PreM DUpatch;[
New York, Dec- 19.? ThfrHeraW* eor
resixxideiit at Butler's headquarters,
eral Ferrero, commending at Bermuda
Hundred (point, were attacked bv the
rebel*, ijne filing, tlfcichwa^bcj h heavy
and inceeeant for an hour, was mostly
confined to the pickets, though there was
sufficient artillery used on our aide to re
pel the fire of the rebel gunboats, atid
two ramsi the Virginia and Richmond,
were distinctly observed lpng under
the guns of Fort Darling yesterday,
towards evea&gT They are doubtfe*
^t^re for a purpose
! - i. r .#<-4 Jj <7 bjs -raoM*
IWAiBBBt6TO?f, Dec 19
Senate ?The bill to enableftliens who
have served in the anny or navy to be
come citizens mm imported and read a
first time. ^ .r . ?*
Mr. Grimes introduced a bill u> craat*
the rank of Vice Admiral fn tire navy,
Mr. Doollttle introduced a hill appro
priating $10,000,000, or as muehaew nee
easary.To* defences on tfce lakes and
frontiers. j , _ C ..u .< _ cs ;.\r
Mr. Wifeonpweertftd a petite* m?Ai
officers of adored Iroow* asking ?"* in-,
crease of pay: "Referred to military com
mittee ? j M
Mr. Griinea presented a petition ?oiu
citizens of B>Wa asking for the repeal of
recipiocity -treaty. Rfltepred to committee
on Foreign Relatins. k - * ?*
Mr. TninbullpieaeajtfdA^peUtion from i
citizens oi Cooke County, Uniiois. asking ;
the passage of a bankruptcy law. Re
ferred to Ih? Judiciary committee
Mr Heudricks ureaentea a petition
from citizens of California in relation to
pre-emption claims in tkftt State, winch
was referred to tin} committee on Public
Lan^S . . . w
House ?Mr. Davii. of Md.; offeredjflR
resolution reported by nim on Thurway,
and which the House than tabledr de
claring that Congress bat the constitu
tional right to an authoritative voice in
declaring and prescribing the foreign
policy of the United States, and that it is
the duty of *he Executive Department
to exercise that voice, &c
Mr. Farnsworth, of 111 , moved to lay
on the table Disagreed to? nays 73;
yeas 49 , * ,
The House adopted the first branch ?>f
the resolution as given above, by a vote
of 113 to 8. The second branch of t he
resolution was then read, w hieh is at? tol
jows? And the property of any declara
tion of foreign policy by Congress is iuf
flciently proved by the vote which pro
nounces it, and such proposition, while
pending and under mine, is not a fit topic
of deploroacy especially with any foreign
power >'
A vote to lay this on the table was dis
agreed to by a majority of five It was
then adopted by a vote of 67 against 58.
Mr Stevens reported from the commit
tee of Wpys and Means a lull substitu
ting the word February m the iu3d aeetiqn
of the revenue act of lb&4, ana providing
that in addition to the duty now imposed
by law, all spirits of domestic production
held for sale on January 1st, 1865, shall be
subject to a duty of hfty cents per gal
Mevjrs. Steven* and Morrill explained
that while the committee approved ol
altering the time, they merely reported
the additional whisky tax in obedience
to th? resolution of the House, but which
thev desired to have struck out
Mr Washburn, of 111., briefly appealed
to the House to put on the additional
Mr Morrill moved to strike! out the ad
ditional whisky tax This was agreed
to? 65 against 60
The bul was then passed with the tax
stricken out, and merely changing the
time from January to February
Mr Spaulding, of Ohio, made a speech
in support of the views in the President 9
message, j ? 1 '
JFht Detonation ?f ike Expe4ftiisn j
? from rijiiipte^H??d*"A4mh >1 Pof
ler'a Plans Grant to DU]MI?|Rnic?<
sion of Bithnusd Uj* the 10th af Hay.
New mitK, EtoTlJ^-Sjhe Commtifial
announced that Wilmington is the sup
po^edj^fmat u^yf tte great expedition
whi$a t&ilpdWMiu Jiamffyqnsfyado on
the lSth inst iAy^the plan'ortftififfi
ral Poller will pr<Wlpy be to effect first
the reduction <rt FortFisher, which rail
be shelled at long range., and as sa^pias
the fire of the tort slackens, the light
draft gunboats and monitors will nass
the fort and encounter the obstructions
in tltt river above. To aid in the reduc
tion of the fort, Admiral Porter wiiljfpb
ably have recourse to the explosion of eL
howitzer close under the walls, demol
ishing them by the concussion The pow
der will be carriedthere by an old trans
port. With the obstructions removed
from Cape Fear river, the fleet can pass
ttp Wilmington and assist Gan. Butler in
the capture of the place If success is
achieved, Wilmington will undoubtedly
be made a base for future operations.
The Commercial also says there is to be
no winter quarters for any of the armies
except that port ion of Grant's which will
continue the seige of" Petetsburg and1
Richmond Before the 1st uf May we
will occupy the entire coast and every
strategic point upon ihe line's of comma
nication in the South Lee will be pow
eilessto nrevent this, and bv the 1st of
May will find Grant ready to'mstmte with*
him the possession of Richmond
Or<l?t trdui ike War D<-pai ime'u't *
Washington, Dec 19 -Thp fbllowiug
order has juat been received.
Win Defari., Adjt 0*f*ce, (
, ..i0 ' . L.
IrfHtidi Or den So 301 J
Every officer and soldier i*pable of
duty lsVanted in the field, and if not on
'duty they are ordered ta their respective
organizations. All Provost Marshals
and Boards of enrollment are instructed
"to employ the most diligent exertions in
forwarding soldiers to the front and ar
resting deserters, shirkers ana all fit for
duty, who are absent without proper au
thority Surgeons in charge or hospitals
are directed to send forward all who are
fit for servicer taking -oare, however
to expose anV who are unable*
enuring officers are enjoined to dalliyeeet
and those who are found ffuilty of neg
lect/ar are useless, the Adjutant Geo^rm
Is directed to recall
to their cgtymand^. Ev
Lput forth u> fifo
ngthen our armies and 'aid
otic and gaUaat troops now.
reeling foe with vibtoHdtis b
Bv Order of the Se<W<iiro(<iar:~'
J ??'" 1st r-Tsr t r ttq >??->>??
U| ?r?c | -n? .
lb .
The following recapitulate*,, briefly,
the coarse of General Sherman front the j
Jime tt? his leaving Atlanta with hh, aruij '
tuUillLi appearance before $?4^unah:
. Koine, one of th$ ruost important deoota
kftgj arm v*. was "barffed. General Slo
cum's column, consist tug of, the Four
teenth and Twentieth corps, and Oon- ;
eral Howard'# j^kium. focusing (he left,
and consisting of tne Fifteenth and Sev- J
enteenth corp^ wi\h Gerieral Kilpa trick'9 j
cavalry, were at this time qn tQUte for i
their several de9t matrons. y
I&aIW. SU^TU Y, }ft>VEMB?^
Atlanta was evacuated and burned. .
General Sherman op* thisd^r left King- 1
stop, Allowing the^&nrairabf his army '
on the* march through Georgia.
THURSDAY, N'OVt'MtKK 17> * *
General ShermanS advance -eacvtiirtei '
ed Cobb at fmiwiboro; aind the rebel gen
eral fell feack to Gtlffib. QtueralSlocnm. .
the right wing of Goni-fcil Shi-iniju's '
army, arrived at stocial Circle on the :
Genrgia?tate road. - - *
FRIDAY^ > JR. w |
? General Hoiypt&a "c^ra"U| adTvaWv ,
reached Grimn, and the alarm; v??U6ed by f
his ffrogreas, oausedi the Legi-datuja at i
liijlddg^vHle to .skedinWie
H General Slocuin Visits Cfrvi&gfon, ami 1
tkueral Howard',* i>avah? '?!*? lepoited [
fler?t t^orsyUt j h->.. ? . :
SUN* 1 ,A * ? NO v W
,Muuiiccllo and fiill boro. Jasper couju
tS-are burned, and Garferal Howard cro^
sft the Ocmn\jjec# nsai Planter's ferry j
Griswoldville, on the Georgia centralroad, j
wasaisp.visited by a cavalry force
General Slocum's advance reacted
I'nion Point, on the Georgia state road, 1
and pushed on &*jfor aa Greensboro Hi* ,
Tfl*\n oolumn struck off at Madison to
ward Eatonton, fifteen miles distant, j
meeting General Howard's wing, and the
united armies moved upoa Milleilgeville.
which place they reached this day. A
alight dem oust ration was made npon Ma
con thia day, by a body of cavalry, who
had be#p oper.ffiug on the Georgia Cei?
tral road from GriswokirHle.
Aii engagomem took plfHf?af i-trhwold
ville, between cavafry merely. but which
tesulted in severe loss to the rebels A
light also occurred at Ocouh^ &eut ilie
river, also between cavalry. Both G^ue
ral Howard'*|nd Guieial ^lotum's wing#
left Milledgevflle this day. the former
moving douth, toward the ceutral road,
and the latier crossing the Oconee, a^0
moving across t urqeikt .roada to menace
Augusta 4
General H the Oconee
with his whole force and mov ei in the di
rection of Mi lien ,1 ; ?
An engagement takes pla'Ce at Sanders
viUe ueaiTenille station on the Central
Wad The main body of the army of
General Howard is reported thirteen
miles west flf tlm place 4 One portion of
General Slot.iun' - c-'ltuun ia reported at
Sparta, and another ,<: u Warrentnn,
snowing that his cavalry waa raiding, to
disconcert th<jenoray
Thoculvauce of General .4locum's *.a'? al
i y is repoi u?Uit Waynesboro', i h a ty (wo
miles south of Augusta, which was burn
ed General Foster alsostarted for Pooo
taligo on this day from Port Boyal
wbdnksdav , November :1<j
General Sherman is annuuueed b\- the
southern papers as foraging on the Cen
tral road for the purpose, as it <ubse
quently appeared, ol gathering supplies
lor' the sustenance oi his troops during
the proposed advance i>o Savannah
Ui^tl^ day Ae ehtifc force (foncentra
tea*n Cova*viile, the capital of Jefferson
county, and at the Junction of the Ogee
chee river and Big Comfort creek it is
probable that Geneiai Slocum's column
reached here on thia d^y.aftei abandon
' Ing 'all demonstrations in the direction of
Augusta, although General ICilpatrick
still operated on the line of the Savannah
The united army left Louisville on
the morning of ? ,
FRIDAY, Di.c?.?iBtR 2,
and the advance entered Milieu un the
evening of that day. ft does hot appaar,
from the Southern papery that many of
tlife Union prisoner* trere at that place,
although there luue been 3tories that
there were a number, and that they were
rescued by General Sherman It is more
probable," however, that they were re
moved to Charleston, as Milieu wa5
merely a distributing depot, so to speak,
for such of the prisoners as had been se
lected for exchange, and Charleston had
already been "designated as a point for
the exchange of prisoners instead of Mil
len The latest news stated that all the
prisoners were removed from Mjllen
General Sherman appears not to have
halted at this piave, bat passed through
it after destroying it, leaving hiseavalry
to operate on the line of the -railroad.
One account. stat$? that the airny separ
ated here, arid that one body went to
ward Out this h undoubtedly
incoiTert 1
SLXDs p^t fa L
a right oooE plaoe at a point wL?..b is
concealed by the rebel papeT* imt it is
not .provable tnut any puec<fcs waa ob
tained It is more rlian likely that, as
Wheeler encased, It wa* a tight with
8 art of General iulpatriek's command
>n thm day Jq sharp eega^cuient took
place at Pocotaligo with General Fov
tuesd*^ yt^E.vt^ui ?'?. , .
It * * ? ^
General l^heiuiaju 9 advance teaiLied
Station T vSVands-Half, Guytnn, on the
Savannah road, twenty-five uiiles from
Savannah Ou this day the joint mil
itary *nd naval exnetiitiuu moved up and
destroyed Poootaligo bridge on the
Charleston road On this day also Gen
era! Kilpa trick is repotted to have had
an cin gage m?j ill with. Wheeler at Walk
er's bridge over Ba* i stieek.i *outy-two
muss from August . we may ^appose,
therefore, that General KilyatricL had
destroyed the railroad from Millen up to
Brian creek, and that General Sherman
ih&d Inflicted similar damage upon the
road from Milieu as far a^ he raranced
TThcse with the operations of General
FtfMp/uid AduuraL Dahlgren, isolated
Savannah toom*r?Uroad or telegraphic
communication wiih^-Rlchjuond or the
3?r ; a 4 ' t* f
^tMBSbiV, DKHMAEl 7. t-?
^rwrhe TaM Mfk uie Ogeeehet ,
a v6rr ufeu? i ilti ibto'^bganch of the
Qpechce river, TJN* would place his
' ?7t miiB& rc ? tv u 'j''9c5
W j??T7 iSfcy.t,.?
armyueater to the Charleston anil Sa
vannali mad than it was before Since
the tiih the advance had marched
eighteen miles. and was therefore about
seven miles from Savannah. Arriviugat ,
this point, General Sherman, doubtless,,
proceeded to reconuoiter his position and j
prei?are tor the coming liattle. It is un
derstood thai l he rebels had thrown up
three lines of earthworks on the rear of
the city ns soon as possible after Sher
man's intentions respecting Savannah
became declared.
Captain Duncan, of General Howard's
scouts, left the army and proceeded
down the Ogeecbee, and arrived
at Port Royal on the 14th He re
ported General Sherman within live unit*
of Savannah, and advancing The eue
mv's first line of works were within five
bill | of the city The army was in fine
spirits; had met with success and very
httle opposition, and waa well supplied;
Richmond papers of the 13th, report
General Sherman at Bloomingdale.fi ft een
miles from Savannah The same paper
declares that there has been no comniuni- >
cation with" Savannah, via Charleston, ;
fw some day*, showing conclusively that
General Foster b?d met with success in
holding the Charleston and Savannah ;
The rebel foroa defending Savanuah la j
uuder command of Beauregard, Hardee
and Smith. What its strength .is there
3re ftftTensons of learning positively, but
Jt is spoken of, by the Southern paper?,
Us '? very large" It maybe large enough j
tor hold J&vannuh for a long time and still
not surrender over twenty thousand, but
it is evidently not of sufficient magni
tude to meet General Sherman in i he open
field successfully It is scarcely probable
that this army will be captyjed it the
fall of Savannah is accomplished There
is one avenne of escape, the Savaunah,
Albany and Gulf road which, though it
terminates abruptly in the extreme
southerly portion of the State, would
?till be a means of escape which the reb
el generals would scarcely disdain This
can be closed to then), however, by de
stroying the bridge over the Ogecchee at
Warp, sixteen miles from Savannah
It is> not unreasonable to suppose that
General Sherman wailed after the loth
inst. iu order to give the navy an oppor
tunity to participate iu the attack upon
Sa* aim ah, or in order to enable General
Foster to co operate directly with him
In this view of the case we may not rea
spnably expect the fall of Savannah im
mediately, although it may have taken
place already . That a will fall theie can
scarcely be a doubt .
SAV4VV4II 4M> U s DEI E\( E9.
Ptiiiidu uft.furral Mbrrutnii'i Armr
Before the Cil?? Laad nuA W??et
Defeuce* lonnlrucied by the Rcbflt. j
At the latest advices, General Shei !
man's en tire force, before the attack on |
Fort McAllister, was gathered at a point
wheucethemo*t ^tfe^tive demonstrations J
could be made against Savannah He !
-yccmued the entire pfninsnla fortiwd by !
the Ogetliee on the right, and the Sevan j
uah ou tb*' left His rear was well
fuarded, for the railroad, for miles, was i
est rayed, and the country desolated !
Communication had been opined with :
the fleet upon the coast, and he was cer
tain of i o-operatiou in that quarter The
evei active scouts, and news from deser
ters and friendly riti/.-ns. informed him
that Genefal Foster was co-operating fn
a mo -?t resolute inaunei on the line of'
the Chariest ou and Savannah road. Thus j
assured, General Sherman must have felt |
entirely confident of v ictory as he recou
noitered tb<- posit ion previous to making |
the grandj attack, lie had a force of
?iuite fifty thousand men, all veteran
soldiers, and Unshed with the excite
men) of their iuccessfnl inarch IT in
arm> consisted of the Fourteenth corps
under General Jell C D>i\L; the Tenth
corps under the vigorous lighter, Oster
haus; the Seventeenth corps under Gen
eral Blair;- the Twenlieth under the bra \?
Elocum, and fifteen thousand c avail >
under the vofithful and distinguished
Kilpatrick The foe is understood to
havFbeenundsi the command hf Gen
eral Beauregard v\ku had hastened from
the West aiter committing to Hood the
responsibilities of the campaign in Ten
nessee , and almost solitary passed
through a country already devastated by
the march' of Sherman, to tahc commaud
of troops m fortifications erected upon
plans which had exhausted his utmost
engineering skill The force over which
he assumed control consists doubtless
of the best available troops of the Con
federacy, a gisted by the rapidly gath
ered levies from Savannah and its envi
rons The batteries were hastily con
etructed, and extended to as groat a dis
tance from the city as was practicable
Considerable reliance was doubtless
placed iipon the protection of the swamps
in the i ear and to the northwest of the
city would atlord in, at least, retarding
the advance of the enemy:
Savannah in a valuable point in the
South Its strategic importance can
scarcely be over-estimated. It Ls the key
10 Augusta, as its fall would insure the
navigation of the Savannah river as far
a.i that point, and thus the successful ad
vance of a naval force be assured beyoud
a doubt Ja a measure, the capture of
Savannah would weaken the defences of
Charleston, and thus, bv this simple sue
cess, the entue chain of railroad commu
nication with the South would be irr?
trievably broken The rebels, estly in
the war, placed u nigh r-itimate upon the
military value of Sa^unah and Charles
ton, and spared neither pain* nor expense
in fortifying them in the most impregna
ble manner At Savuunah particularly,
the forts in existence at the month of the
river were strengthened The numerous
inlet? and streams, which thread the
country bet ween Savaunah and the?ea
coast, were wel! guarded by the erection
of fortifications, which were intended to
eventual! bar the pro&ie?t3 of anv foe ad
vancing by means or these channels
Besides fort Jackson, the river is
lined with huge siege guns, which
command the channel, and is
blockaded with -heavy timber, laid up in
the shape of a log house, the interior of
which is filled with stone and brick, and
these obstructions are all fastened to one
another, with a heavy cable chain, leav
ing only one parage wide enough for a
boat Juit above this entrance lie two
iron dadst pretty well manned Above
these at intervals, are torpedoes their
situation Is known by the sharp pointed
projection of a log about six inches from
the surface. Guns are mourned on the
bank, and earthworks thrown up for the
protection of the men Off from the river,
about half a mile this side of Fort Jack
son, fa another extensive fort. Beattr*
Ed has |pent many an hour in laying
foundation and getting the range oi
this prtfct of the river The* guns, to
gether Tith the obstruction* in the river,
L ZHQ'tf uit:' ,'.V
! are well Intended to crush
f attempts fa tome np. But foi
tion from 'a land force from tK
of Savannah it offers but lit tie]
Tke C)?M .Virket^.1
5f*w York. Dec. 19.? The I
is utterly riemorali<!ed under!
awpeet of the military sit
market o turned at J
bid, but tie pressure to i
disposition to bur, put doi
steadily to $t,U?. alter whk
to $2,14}. \ ?
The Coriunereial's Waehi
says Richmond ptpew of
code that Sayanaau most b?
egraphic cumnittuicatiuii w ii
cut off Tim indicate* the
vestment 6 f the place.
It is eirpeeted tbfct Mr Stet
uodtieu a bill changing the ti
posing a ?2 tax on whiskf froi
Ist.to January iai. .
i I
UMiiM *r AAmlwml
General *"
Nut \\<<K, Decv 19. ? A
ceived from Admiral Dahlgten
tary Welles, on the *7tK. ?'en *
then, on the Hth, in the pre
eral Sherman, he having causa
Warsaw Sound wifU Geu?
meet Dahlgmi. The Adm J
buoying the Savannah river
tark on Savannah by water.
about to ptaixfed to Osaab^w,; ,
communicating with Sherman,
Geueral, an the Admiral sa
over front Fort MeAliater
n?oaid tli# Uag-v?lui>.
The Richmond Sentinel haw a
dated Kingston. 12th. statini
L'nion for<*s were repnluedott
toad, two Dale!) ft out Kingston,
across the SoutL-*t??t bridge,
destroyed , . J
A Al r0? tfcLCSE BOUSE
mtdiaUlv \t<th rel?r?acM
d?c90U ASfTKIt
LAST either In this city, or lil
ilty Ami Fitltoti ? small tfcnoraafl
The ? ? < ?!. 1 1 1 ii ? number of m?ar
ihiniH, an.) ufconr* U ol no value tol
nij - If. Tin- ilniliM will confer a tavJ
owner, ?>> leaviuff the book at tbU
Stall No 35 Ward Market.
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