week is due to his want of consideration of official fears at Washington.
These fears were tantamount to requests — if not orders — and Chain Bridge was to be put in good repair for the passage of the army, even though Gen. Hooker preferred to use pontoon bridges at another point.
There is abundant evidence that Lee is disconcerted at Hooker's failure to move promptly into Maryland.
The backward and forward evolutions of Lee's infantry for the last few days indicate that since Wednesday Longstreet's corps has been moved from the Shenandoah into the Loudoun Valley, and back again into the Shenandoah.
Stuart's cavalry have been busily engaged in masking these movements of Lee. They protect and cover his flank and rear from the vigorous assaults of Pleasanton, and severe fighting has resulted each day, with the advantage on our side.
In the upper part of Loudoun Valley, Buford has reconnoitered to Snicker's Gap; Gregg has repulsed Stuart twice at Aldie and Middleburg; Duffle