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which we place confidence, that nearly all day yesterday there was severe fighting at some of the different fords by which Lee crossed his army, in which McClellan attacked the enemy wherever he found them on this side, and was met by rebel troops sno considerable force of rebels this side of the Bull Run mountain, if, indeed, this side of the Blue Ridge; and also that Lee has been for some days sending the troops he did not take into Maryland back in the direction of Gordonsville. We prel army cannot contend successfully with McClellan's present force in that quarter; and as he is hourly gaining accessions, Lee will not fight him on his present line if he can avoid so doing, until he can draw him within a hostile country so far fror his transportation and his line of communication with his base. As we have no idea that Gen. McClellan will thus afford Lee the opportunity to select his own time, place, and circumstance for the next grand battle, we believe the campaign on the
ry authorities here feel satisfied that the whole rebel army is still on the opposite side of the river, information to that effect having been received to-day. Gen. Lee is also there. Their intentions are not yet developed. An attempt to preoccupy Maryland may be made, but it must be considered impracticable. Without tentsmit a severe defeat to their arms. They say that if Longstreet and Stuart had fought as Jackson they would have completely routed our army. Longstreet promised Gen. Lee to hold the stone bridge at all hazards, but did not do it, and suffered a terrible defeat at the hands of General Burnside. But their successful retreat is the line of the Potomac. With the rest of the past two or three days, the troops are becoming refreshed and invigorated, and are eager for another battle with General Lee.--The new troops are doing much better than many officers prophesied of them. They are a very superior class of men, and with six months drilling, I predict, i
ams — were sent to the Provost Marshal, and were released. Appointment of Acting rear Admirals. The following officers have been appointed Acting Rear Admirals in the U. S. Navy on their respective stations: Commodore Charles H. Bell, commanding Pacific Squadron. Commodore Charles Wilkes, commanding Special West India Squadron. Commodore J. L. Lardner, commanding Eastern Gulf Blockading Squadron. Commodore Charles Henry Davis, commanding Naval Mississippi Flotilla. Captain Samuel Phillips Lee, commanding North Atlantic Blockading Squadron. Further news from New Orleans. Com. Porter and Gen. Phelps have arrived at New York from New Orleans. The Delta, of the 13th instant, says that a collision occurred a few nights previously between a party of runaway negroes from the coast plantations below the city and the guard stationed at Camp Chalarette. It was reported that some blood was shed on the occasion, but the particulars of the affray could not be arrived
From the army. Singular to say, since our last issue we have not heard one word respecting our army in the Valley. During yesterday and Saturday there was an absence of even rumors, which of late have been so abundant. Our latest accounts from Winchester state that movements there were active, and heavy trains of supplies were being sent forward to our forces. Recruits were still arriving at that point, and being hurried on to Gen. Lee.
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