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Army of the Potomac [from our correspondent.] Fairfax, Sept. 28, 1861. Last night the Federals advanced upon our pickets, who fell back from the line by Munson's and Mason's hills to Falls Church — The enemy present forward and occupied our lines for some distance. The Twenty-seventh Virginia was in advance, but on the approach of the enemy fell back, leaving behind them the "Shriver Grays," a single company, who were not notified of the removal of the regiment by the Sergeant-Major who posted them. Through the night they maintained their position until ordered, at half-past 6 this morning, to join their regiment. Their absence gave rise to the belief they had been captured by the Federals, and Major Gribsey, the officer in command of the Twenty-seventh, immediately started out in pursuit of them. As I wrote in a previous letter, the night was dark and stormy, and the poor fellows had a dismal time of it; for watching for Yankees on a dark night, with every thread of one