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Army of the Potomac. [our own correspondent.] Centreville Nov. 10th, 1861. A few days ago the talk was that unless there was a storm to render the roads in bad condition the enemy would advance upon Centreville. Friday there was a heavy rain and I believe now it is allowed that it would be almost impracticable to move artillery of provision trains. Even if the butteries could be carried over the roads the fields would be in no condition to fight on, and, after a few shots the guns would sink into the soft soil, destroying the range and accuracy of fire.--Yesterday I role over to Fairfax again, and found the turnpike very bad and in some places broke away considerably. What the by roads must be can be easily supposed. The prospect is that there will be another storm in a day or two making matters still worse.--taking all things into consideration, I believe that for the present there will be no advance of the enemy towards Bull Run, and consequently no fight upon this lin
own feelings would prompt me to waive again the unimportant affectation of declining to recognize these States as belligerents; but my Government requires all prisoners to be placed at the disposal of the Secretary of War. I have dispatched him to know if the case of the severely wounded held by me would form an exception. I have the honor to be Your obedient servant, L. Polk, Major-General C. S. A. Further correspondence — a lady permitted to Nurse her husband. Cairo, Ill, Nov. 10, 1861. Major-Gen. Polk, Commanding at Columbus, Ky.; General: It grieves me to have to trouble you again with a flag of truce, but Mrs. Col. Dougherty, whose husband is a prisoner with you, is very anxious to join him under such restrictions as you may impose, and I understand that some of your officers expressed the opinion that no objections would be interposed. I will be most happy to reciprocate in a similar manner at any time you may request it. I am, General, very respectf