ad refused to leave after hearing of the fate of the Petrel.
Gen. Jeff. Thompson.
This officer, who figures in the war in Missouri, is said to be connected with some of the most influential families in Virginia.
He is a son of Col. Meriweather Thompson, of Jefferson county, Virginia, and is about thirty years of ago. During the last ten years General Thompson has resided at St. Joseph, Mo., and was at one time the Mayor of that city.
During the Kansas war he commanded a company underGeneral Thompson has resided at St. Joseph, Mo., and was at one time the Mayor of that city.
During the Kansas war he commanded a company under Senator Atchison, and had several encounters with Gen. Lane.
Speech of Gen. McClellan.
General McClellan is said to have thus addressed a portion of his troops on Tuesday:
"Soldiers — We have had our last retreat.
We have seen our last defeat.
You stand by me, and I will stand by you, and henceforth victory will crown our efforts."
Speculations at Washington.
We copy the following from the Washington correspondence (Sept. 11) of the Baltimore Sun: