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to let our ferry boats venture up. The most stirring and interesting sight perhaps Alexandria ever saw, is the company of ladies who have been busy all day in the rooms of the Christian Association making overcoats for the artillery company that recently arrived here. Gen. Philip St. George Cocke, who, as will be seen by the Governor's Proclamation, has been assigned to the command of the Potomac section, arrived in our city to-day, and has established here his headquarters. He has a high military reputation. The mail steamers which were "stolen" by the Federal authorities in Washington a few days ago — the Powhatan, Baltimore, and Mount Vernon — were taken from their wharf around to the Navy-Yard last night. The Water Witch, a United States steamer, is prowling about in the Potomac opposite the White House--with guns and men on board. The Harriet Lane passed up to Washington this afternoon, supposed to be full of soldiers, though but few showed themselve