vanced towards Fairfax Court-House on a reconnaissance.
They went as far as Flint hill, which is two miles and a half this side of that village, and overlooks it. They saw there the enemy's pickets in such large force as to impress them with the belief that the reserve of the rebel army was not far from that point.
The expedition was accompanied by Gen'ls McClellan, Porter, Smith and Hancock.
It probably returned about nightfall.
A private of the Fifth Cavalry Regiment, named Bryson Barton, was shot by a rebel picket.
The latest accounts represent Gen. McCall as still at Drainsville.
Ordered to a more important field. Washington, Oct. 19.
--Gen. Stevens having been ordered to a more important field of duty, he will be followed by the Highland regiment which he recently commanded as Colonel.
A New York and two Pennsylvania regiments are alternately on picket duty at Vienna, where the Highlanders have been similarly employed.
Secretary Seward's circul