to throw every article of his old powder blackened clothing and replace them with a gaudy suit; from socks to hat, in which he appeared "the observed of all observers."
The captain of a company which has been detailed for picket duty at Falls Church, has offered me almost a library of valuable books, which were abandoned in the frightened escape to Alexandria and Washington — the property, doubtless, of some officer who had been bred to the law and had determined, upon his arrival in Ricers is near Manassas.
Very little is heard of him — nothing is known; and the mysteries which envelope his future designs are as dark as the smoke that overhung the recent great battle.
Daily skirmishing occurs between the picket guards near Falls Church, and on yesterday two of the enemy's scouts were killed by our cavalry.
Our lines extend beyond the church to within four miles of Alexandria, and shots are exchanged every day between the sentinels of the two armies.
On yesterday informatio