t, which was so favorably located that it was almost a trap for our patrol forces to drop into.
The merest accident discovered the secret, and many believe that its discovery saved Colonel Wilson's camp from an intended surprise, although the Zouaves are kept on the alert.
Important News expected.
It is expected, at the Navy Department, to hear to-morrow from the Gulf.
It is probable that the expected arrival will bring news of the taking of Pensacola and the navy-yard by Col. Harvie Brown.
The lower Potomac.
Affairs are unchanged down the river.
The Yankee came up to the yard yesterday afternoon, and in going down last night to join the flotilla ran aground about three miles below Alexandria, just below Hunting creek.
The Coeur de Lion attempted to pull her off at high tide this morning, but failed.
She will, no doubt, be got off at high tide this evening.
Oyster vessels continue to run the blockade, and one or two are now "tacking" up, with full loads.