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The New York Times, of Monday, has the following account of the situation of affairs. Our readers must remember to make due allowance for the source whence it is derived:

That military operations of a decisive character will be much longer delayed seems improbable, in view of the active movements hourly occurring, which can have no other object in view. Since Friday last upwards of thirty rifled cannon have been sent into Virginia, besides other important paraphernalia of war; and in addition to the great body of troops already there, the New York Thirty-Eighth and Greene's United States Battery went over yesterday, the Second Rhode Island was expected to go last night, and the New York Twenty-Third is under orders to move over this morning. The entrenchments across the Potomac are now almost entirely completed, and the batteries of flying artillery are taking their places at the right, left and cen of the lines, preparatory to a general advance. We may expect soon to hear stirring news from our army opposite Washington.

There is no doubt that the War Department has received such intelligence of the strengthening of the rebel force near Martins burg as to induce the sending of reinforcements to Gen. Patterson immediately, in anticipation of a general battle. Col. Lamon yesterday reached Washington in a special train from Martinsburg, and had private interviews with the President and the military authorities. Subsequently the New York Fifth and Twelfth Regiments left by rail for Martinsburg, and a dispatch received in Boston orders the Second Massachusetts Regiment, commanded by Col. Gerdon, to report to Gen. Patterson at once. Reports were prevalent at the capital last night that a battle had already been fought; but they proved to be unfounded, as the Government had no such information.

Another skirmish has occurred in Western Virginia, the results of which are represented to be quite important. Gov. Wise, with a body guard of fifty men under a Capt. Patton, was fired upon by a company of native Union men, near Sissionville, and forty of the guard are reported to, have been killed, and wise and Patton mortally wounded. There appears to be no doubt that such a skirmish occurred, but the report relative to Gov. Wise needs confirmation. In fact, it is probably too good to be true. There seems to be little doubt that a battle of importance will soon take place between Gen. McClellan's forces and the rebels at Laurel Hill, commanded by Garnett. The advance guard of the National forces was yesterday within a mile of the enemy, and Gen. McClellan was rapidly bringing up his men, preparatory to action.

An authentic account from Fortress Monroe of the affair between a party of Hawkins' Zouaves and a considerable force of rebels, has reached us. The statement that six of the Zouaves were killed proves to have been erroneous. They numbered thirty men, under command of Capt. Hammell, and encountered the rebels, infantry and cavalry, some distance from Newport News. Shots were exchanged, and three of the enemy--two officers and one private-- were killed, when Capt. Hammell deemed it prudent to retire, which he did without loss. Strong batteries are now being erected in the direction of New Market Bridge.

Vallandigham, the recreant Ohio Congressman, visited the Ohio regiments across the Potomac yesterday, and was received with such decided marks of disfavor that he was forced to leave for fear of violence. He was hung in gy and on taking his departure, he was pelted with onions and other missiles.

Hon. Andrew Johnson, of Tennessee, yesterday visited some of the troops on the Virginia side of the Potomac, and was received with the most decided demonstrations of respect and admiration. He made two speeches, which are represented to have wrought the men up to the highest pitch of enthusiasm.

from Fortress Monroe.

Fortress Monroe, June 6.--Before the departure of Secretary Cameron, last evening, there was a grand review at Camp Hamilton. Fireworks were displayed, and the festivities were prolonged to a late hour.

There was an alarm at Hampton at midnight, and Gen. Pierce came to the Fortress for an extra supply of ammunition.

Strong batteries are being erected by our troops in the direction of New Market Bridge.

The California Regiment bids fair to be very popular. Col. Baker went to Washington last night.

The Zouaves have been under orders to advance, but still remain in camp.

Sawyer's projectile on the Rip Raps is this afternoon throwing shell at the supposed new battery on Sewell's Point.

A flag of truce went to-day to Craney Island, with a party residing South.

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