Official Report of the Capture of Georgetown S. C.
News from South America & Mexico!
A Philadelhia Rumor Assassinates the President.
Confirmatory reports of Sheridan's Victory!
Sherman at Camden, or at Fayetteville, or somewhere else!
Rumors of a Battle with Gen. Johnson and Johnson cleaned out!
Lee's army going to do Something!
NEW YORK, March 8. — The Herald's City Point correspondent, 6th, says there is no longer much doubt of Sheridan's movement up the valley having been crowned with complete success. The concurrent testimony of all deserters and refugees to-day, from Ord's right north of the James to Meade's extreme left beyond Hatcher's run south of Petersburg, is that he surprised and encountered the rebels under Early at Waynesboro, nearly midway between Staunton and Charlottesville, utterly routing and capturing the entire force, and securing among the prisoners the doughty General commanding. It is admitted by the rebels, according to the stories of the deserters, to have been the most overwhelming affair of the war in proportion to the numbers engaged. Very few details have been obtained bearing a stamp of reliability, but the whole region is represented as being unprepared for this sudden advent, and as fleeing in every direction to escape his relentless squadrons. The accounts agree so well in every particular, and are in such perfect accord with what was expected and known, that all are constrained to believe that Early and his army are indeed captured.
Scouts report Sheridan in Staunton on Thursday. The capture of Early occurred the next day. By Saturday Sheridan would be in condition to push for Lynchburg.
The Tribune's Washington special says it is reported from Hancock's headquarters in Winchester, that Sheridan has defeated Early but that Early is not captured.
The Herald's Wilmington correspondent 23d, says they have the confirmation of previous reports that Gen. Sherman has reached Cape Fear River, N. C. It is said that he struck that stream 60 miles above Wilmington previous to the 1st inst., thus completely spoiling the rebel plans for effecting a concentration against him, and forcing him to give battle in the vicinity of Goldsboro, at which point they expected to have a combination of advantages in their favor which would insure his defeat. The Wilmington Journal, in its issue just previous to the occupation of the town by the national forces, admitted that Sherman's movements, if he was not checked might have the effect of compelling Lee to abandon Richmond and Petersburg.
The Herald's City Point dispatch says it is positively known that on February 28th Sherman was at Camden, S. C., on Watter River a little over 100 miles S. W. of Fayetteville on Cape Fear River, which town it was believed he has before now reached.
There were rumors in the army of the Potomac on Sunday last that Sherman had defeated Johnston in a heavy battle, and captured 1500 prisoners.
The Herald's 6th corps correspondent, 6th, says it is reported that for some weeks past large numbers of negroes have been at work throwing up fortifications along the banks of the Roanoke. Several months since many old and experienced officers surmised that if Lee was compelled to fall back from his present position, he would form a new defensive line along that stream. The country is admirably adapted for the purpose, and the river will add considerably to the difficulties which an attacking column would have to overcome. Siege guns from Petersburg and Richmond have been sent off in that direction via Danville railroad, and many things seem to indicate his army will soon be en route for some place.
The Herald's Wilmington correspondent, 3d, makes no mention of the reported junction of Schofield's force with Sherman's. Schofield was busy perfecting plans for the continuance of his campaign in North Carolina. The exchange of prisoners in Cape Fear river was going on. Our prisoners received look well except the want of clothing.