New York Times headlines, December 15, 1864

FROM KENTUCKY AND TENNESSEE.; Jesse’s Guerrillas Routed Affairs in Front of Nashville Murfreesboro all Right Advance of the Rebel Gen. Lyon. The Latest from Nashville. Arrival of the Steamer Arago at Fortress Monroe.

LOUISVILLE, Wednesday, Dec. 14. Capt. BRIDGEWATER, with 125 men, went into Newcastle, Ky., and drove out the guerrilla JESSEE, with a loss to the latter of thirteen killed and wounded. BRIDGEWATER chased the guerrillas through Port Royal, and was only eight minutes behind at that place. It is thought the rebels would be captured by BRIDGEWATER’s forces. Col. JOHNSON telegraphs that the rebel Gen. LYON’s advance is moving on Russellville, Ky. His main force, 2,500 strong, is at Elkton. A special dispatch from Nashville, 13th, says the weather had considerably moderated. All our forts have done more or less firing to-day, but apparently with little damage to the enemy. Skirmishing between the lines was renewed, to-day, with greater earnestness than for some days past. The enemy yesterday fell back to his main line, but to-day has reinstated a force in his outer lines. Dispatches fully confirm our success at Murfreesboro. The rebel Gen. BATES’ Division is within there miles of Murfreesboro. Nothing has been heard from the rebel brigade that crossed the Cumberland yesterday at Cumberland City. A dispatch received today from Gen. ROUSSEAU says Murfreesboro is all right, and he expressed confidence in his ability to hold the place against any force the enemy has at his command. The Louisville Democrat says: “We are informed that Gen. LYONS’ rebel forces burned the depot and several sheds at Hattonsville, on the Memphis Branch Railroad, yesterday. A a lot of bacon stored in the depot, and a large lot of tobacco under the sheds, awaiting shipments to this city, were destroyed. The rebels are conscripting everybody they can find.

NASHVILLE, Wednesday, Dec. 14. Yesterday afternoon a reconnoissance was made by three regiments from Gen. STEADMAN’s corps, near the Murfreesboro pike. Sharp skirmishing occurred during the afternoon. There were no losses on the Federal side, except some half dozen wounded. Deserters who came in yesterday report that HOOD had altered his lines somewhat. Later and more, reliable information, however, asserts that the rebel forces are still in their former position. HOOD has been reported sick at Franklin with typhoid fever, but the reports are not credited. He is undoubtedly with his troops within a few miles of Nashville. A lot of Government wood was destroyed by a party of rebels ten miles up the river yesterday. A portion of the rebel Gen. LYON’s command are reported to have burned some trestle work on the Edgefield and Kentucky Railroad, seventeen miles above Springfield, Tenn. The weather is moderating. There was a heavy rain last night. The water on the Shoals is eight feet deep, and is rising rapidly. The following is the report of the Purser of the Arago: The United States transport Arago, HENRY GA[???]EN, commanding, from Port Royal, S.C., 8th inst., with the United States steamer Augusta in tow, arrived at Fortress Monroe at 5:30 P.M., on Monday, the 12th inst. On her passage she encountered severe easterly gales, on account of which she was obliged to put back on the 9th inst. 100 miles. Sixty miles southwest Hatteras passed the Untied States steamer Canandaigua, steering southwest. Among the passengers by the Arago are some escaped Union officers from Columbia, S.C., and some officers wounded at the battle of Honey Hill. The exchange of prisoners under Col. MULFORD was [???] on in Charleston harbor.

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