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hite tents were pitched and the pots were boiling. As far as my knowledge of history goes, a march of this kind was never conducted more orderly, of with greater celerity, and I only wait to consult with educated army officers before giving my opinion of it as a military movement. Of the skirmishing in the vicinity of Harper's Ferry I cannot learn the particulars, and do not know to what extent the fight was carried. You will probably know more of it in Richmond than we do here. The batteries at Evansport and below are in fine condition, and have effectually blockaded the river.--Yesterday a large flotilla was below Dumfries waiting to be permitted to pass to Washington. Whenever a man of-war came within range she was fired on. Heavy guns were frequently heard during the day. I have heard that the Federals have advanced up to Flint Hill, two miles from Fairfax, and can be seen from that place and from Germantown. What their force is, of course we cannot say. Bohemian.
War News and rumors. Official dispatches from Gen. Ewell report a large fleet of Federal vessels on the Potomac, which generally keep at a discreet distance from our batteries. The latest intelligence from Evansport represents that steamer was fired upon last Saturday will and burnt to the water's edge. The name is not ascertained. We were informed last night that two vessels were burnt yesterday but do not know that this has been certainly confirmed. The Federals are experiencing the disadvantages of the blockade and it is stated that they are landing store and transporing them by wagons throug Maryland to Washington. A schoone freighted with shoes, is said to have been comfored by our forces. It is believed that the Federals are gradually advancing through Fairfax county, entraining at various points to guard a retreal the event of a battle, and to prevent a posiblity our cavalry. At last accounts every thing was quiet in that direction. The official report of
very much damaged and that the gun used was one of the Columbiads rifled at Mr. Scott's foundry in this place. The latest advices confirm the belief that the vessel injured early on Wednesday morning was the Pawnee. It is said that she has run aground near Maryland point in order to prevent sinking and save her armament. Yesterday evening, there were not less than fifty merchantment, men-of-war, and transports, off Aquis Creek, and we have information that there were fully as many above Evansport waiting to come down. Looking to all the surroundings, we think another week can scarcely pass without witnessing a grand land and naval fight on the Potomac. From Columbus — arrest of a Federal Spy. The Memphis Argus has the following letter, dated at Columbus, Oct. 10th: "Yesterday a Federal was captured and placed in close confinement. He represents himself as a deserter, and wears the uniform of the Hessians. He is a very intelligent and line looking young man, posse