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peedy release through an exchange of prisoners. The details of the battle contained in the letters add nothing to what is already known. We make the following extracts, however: Letter from Lieut, Hooper. After we lost the day there was no alternative left but to surrender or swim the river, but in so doing we would have left the company in the hands of the enemy. We concluded we would be taken prisoners rather than leave our commands, although the retreat had been sounded. Lieut. Johnston swam across the river safely, I believe. There were a great many who were shot whilst endeavoring to swim the river, and I have no doubt that many were drowned. The fight was a very severe one. There were about 1,300 men engaged on our side, which the enemy have magnified into 10,000, while they set down their force at 2,500. We understood, before we crossed, that it was 4,000. * * * * There were from five to six hundred of us taken prisoners and conveyed to Leesburg, which
tely to Washington. In Fairfax county there is an abundance of hay, corn and wheat, and it looks to me bad policy to abandon it to the enemy, when we have so few facilities for bringing such things from the South. I am of opinion that we had better show a little more foresight in such matters, and take a lesson from our Yankee enemies in prudence and economy. Soldiers will be improvident if their officers are and the sooner a good example is set them the better. Yesterday morning Gen. Johnston arrived in Dumfries, and, accompanied by Gens. Holmes, Whiting, Wigfall, and staff, visited Evansport and the batteries. He was present during a portion of the firing. The soldiers received him very cordially, his visit giving them both hope and confidence. But few of the troops stationed in this division of the army had ever seen him, and they were anxious to get a sight of the commander who was to lead them through the coming fight. In the evening he returned to Gen. Whiting's head