[NOTE. -- A dispatch was published in a Cincinnati paper of yesterday, giving some details of the departure of Gen. SHERMAN's columns from Atlanta, on the 9th or 12th, and their probable concentration at Augusta, which the War Department deems contraband, and we therefore refrain from publishing the report. -- ED. TIMES.]
INTELLIGENCE FROM REBEL SOURCES.
Special Dispatch to the New-York Times.
WASHINGTON, Thursday, Nov. 17.
Richmond papers of Tuesday received here, furnish intelligence from Georgia up to the 14th inst. They state that SHERMAN left Atlanta on the 12th, moving northward, though they doubtless mean by that eastward on a northerly line.
Report from Washington.
WASHINGTON, Thursday, Nov. 17.
No official intelligence has been received from Gen. SHERMAN for a week past.
Hood’s Movements, Strength and Position.
Special Dispatch to the Cincinnati Gazette.
NASHVILLE, Tuesday, Nov. 15.
The rebel army is still concentrated in the vicinity of Florence. One corps — S.D. LEE’s — is upon this side of the river: the remainder of the army remains comparatively quiet on the south side. The rebels have a good pontoon bridge from one shore to the other. The whole army is probably thirty thousand strong, embracing LEE’s corps, 7,000; CHEATHAM’s corps, 5,000; STEWART’s corps, 7,000; DICK TAYLOR’s corps, 6,000, and 5,000 cavalry. HOOD has also seventy pieces of artillery. Our cavalry — Gen. CROXTON’s especially — has skirmishing every day with the enemy’s cavalry, mostly in the neighborhood of Shoal Creek. The roads throughout that region of country are in a bad condition, on account of the recent rains, and wholly unsuited to military operations. This may for some time prevent anything very serious from taking place in this quarter. Besides, it is still a question as to whether the rebel demonstrations at Florence, like that at Johnsonville, is not a mere feint movement, and whether HOOD and BEAUREGARD do not design establishing themselves, if they can, at some point on the Mississippi river.
The Indianapolis Journal, of Tuesday last, says:
“We had a conversation yesterday with a gentleman who had just arrived in this city direct from Atlanta, having left there on Friday, Nov. 6.
Every arrangement had been made for a gigantic movement in some direction. One corps had already moved out of the city, and others were to follow, but had not done so up to the hour of his departure, in consequence of the illness of Gen. SHERMAN.
SHERMAN expresses the utmost indifference as to HOOD’s movements, and says ‘THOMAS has sufficient troops to attend to him and prevent his returning South.’
The officers and men of SHERMAN’s army were never in better spirits or more confident of success. They regard this as the great movement of the war.
Most of our prisoners, heretofore confined at Anderson Ville, have been removed to Augusta, and as that place is directly in the line, SHERMAN will probably take it. They stand a good chance for a speedy release.
No private property in Atlanta had been burned or destroyed, nor was it expected that it would be.
From Atlanta to Augusta is 171 miles; from Augusta to Charleston 121 miles; to Savannah 130 miles. But, as our cotemporary remarks, ‘the country is not difficult; no mountain ranges lie in the way to make transportation laborious, such as ROSECRANS met in Tennessee in his campaign against Chattanooga; no passes or defiles present easily defensible positions to an opposing force; the whole region both to the south and east is rich in food, and has been untouched by the war.’”
The Chicago Journal says: “A furloughed officer of SHERMAN’s Staff states that he has been ordered, when his leave expires, to rejoin his command at Savannah. HOOD is said to be on the line of the Chattanooga and Atlanta Railroad. FORREST has not joined him, but is again moving toward Kentucky.,’