Interesting from Leesburg.
The Democratic Mirror, published at Leesburg, Loudoun county, Va.
, says, in its issue of Wednesday Inst:
Federal troops have been hovering on the Maryland
side of the Potomac
opposite the Loudoun
line for several days, though no attempt has as yet been made by them to come over.
On Monday, a body of them opposite White's Ferry
, about three miles from Leesburg
, commenced a fire across the river at a party of Confederate troops on this side.
A detachment of Capt. Rogers
' Artillery, commanded by Lieut. Heaton
, answered their call, exchanging with them some thirty or forty shots.
have no cannon, but seem to be armed with the Minnie
muskets, which they use with some dexterity, but altogether without effect, as nobody on this side the river has been ‘"hurt."’ Gentlemen with spy-glasses assert that they saw several on the other side fall, and that they were picked up and carried off.
The firing from the Maryland
shore is still progressing at the time of this writing. --Tuesday evening.
Federal troops are said to be quite thick this morning (Tuesday) opposite Edwards' Ferry, four miles from Leesburg
; and also at Seneca
, eight miles from Leesburg
A reinforcement from Manassas Junction
has been sent to this neighborhood.
P. S.--The Federal troops have planted cannon on the Maryland hills
, opposite Edwards' Ferry, from which they have landed several balls on this side the river.
The same paper thus alludes to the march of Gen. Johnston
One of the grandest sights we ever witnessed was the march of Gen. Johnson
's Harper's Ferry
The soldiers were mostly large, fine looking men, well armed and equipped.--in excellent health and spirits, with but few sick, and all hands eager for a fight, declaring that they can whip a Yankee army of three times their number; and, from the physique of the men and the iron doges that followed in the train, we believe it. Some idea of the magnitude of the column may be formed from the fact that it required seven and a half hours to pass a given point.
The Mirror emphatically contradicts a statement made by the Baltimore Sun, that Capt. Shreve
, however, has resigned the command of the company, and Lieut. Meade
has been elected to fill the vacancy.
Alluding to Gen. Johnston
's movement from Harper's Ferry
, the Mirror says:
A scrupulous vigilance was exercised over private property, not a dollar's worth of which was destroyed.
The Superintendent's quarters, with several other public residences, were like wise unharmed.
On Saturday morning the main body of the troops marched out, leaving the town entirely deserted, save by the citizens; many of them, however, have since gone, and as we passed through on Monday evening, business of all kinds was suspended, and a death-like stillness prevailed, which, with the blackened mass of ruin that greeted the eye on every side, rendered it painful to look upon.
The report of large quantities of arms having been thrown in the river by our troops prior to leaving, is totally without foundation.
Two large guns, too unwieldy to be moved, were spiked, and they were the only articles belonging to the camp of value left behind.