News of Sherman’s siege of Savannah reached the north. Sherman has demanded the surrender of the town, and Hardee refused. The last supply line to Savannah for the rebels runs northward toward South Carolina.
WAR DEPARTMENT, WASHINGTON, Dec. 17 — 10 P.M.
Dispatches have been received to-day from Gen. FOSTER, who had a personal interview, on the morning of Wednesday, the 14th inst., with Gen. SHERMAN, at Fort McAllister, which had been taken by assault the preceding day.
Savannah was closely besieged, and its capture, with the rebel forces there, was confidently expected. It was to be summoned in two days, and if not surrendered, SHERMAN would open his batteries upon it.
Gen. FOSTER reports that SHERMAN’s army is in splendid condition, having lived on its march on the turkies, chickens, sweet potatoes and other good things of the richest part of Georgia.
E.M. STANTON, Secretary of War.