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out at seven o'clock this morning from the vicinity of the Chain Bridge, above Washington, under the command of Colonel Stevens, of the New York Highlanders.
It consisted of several detached companies of infantry, a company of cavalry, and Captain Griffin's battery.
As the skirmishers advanced, the enemy's pickets retired beyond Lewinsville, about seven miles from the Chain Bridge.
The troops, having accomplished the object of their mission connected with the reconnoissance of the country, direction of Falls Church, evidently with a view of cutting them off and preventing their return to their camp; and line of battle was formed by the remainder of their forces.
The rebel battery then opened with shell, which was replied to from Griffin's battery.
Several rounds were fired on each side, when the National troops ceased firing for about twenty minutes, in order to give the rebels an opportunity, which they would not embrace, of meeting them on the field — the rebels being for th