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The News. Early yesterday morning the city was rife with rumors to the effect that an engagement was progressing in Northern Virginia. The non-arrival of the Fredericksburg train at the usual hour gave rise to hundreds of surmises, and of course multiplied the rumors. On the arrival of that train at 6 P. M. the following facts were obtained: The enemy are reported to have crossed the Rappahannock on Tuesday night and yesterday morning in three places. United States, Ely's, and Germanna fords, advancing some distance this side of the river. The forces that crossed at Germanna and at Ely's came three miles this side of Chancellorsville, on the old battle field, and skirmished with our forces a little, and then retired, recrossing the river. Those crossing at the United States ford were reported to be within five miles of Fredericksburg when the train left Hamilton's Crossing, at half-past 2 P. M. Our scouts, who had been over the other side of the river, ascertained from
From Northern Virginia--the Yankee Army on the note — a Battle Imminent. Orange C. H., May 4. --A body of the enemy's cavalry crossed at Ely's and Germanna fords last night, and were reported this morning moving on Chancellorsville and Fredericksburg. The whole Yankee army is moving from Culpeper C. H. towards Ely's and Germanna fords, over which they have thrown pontoon bridges, and across which their infantry is reported to have been passing all day. Some slight skirmishing to-day with small arms is reported going on at these fords. The enemy withdrew their pickets on our front at the upper fords last night. Ample preparations are going on to meet the enemy, and the weak can hardly close without a desperate general engagement. Our troops are eager and confident. Grant is reported to have a very large force.