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Important from Winchester — advance movement of Gen. Patterson.

The following interesting intelligence from Winchester has been furnished the Lynchburg Republican, by a gentleman who left that place on Monday afternoon last, at two o'clock:

‘ About 12 o'clock, two or three of our scouts arrived in camp, who reported that the enemy, in full force, were advancing on Winchester, and that they were then only a few miles off — their artillery entirely occupying the main road, while their infantry were scattered in every direction for miles on either side.

On the receipt of this information, our troops, under Gen. Johnston, were immediately made ready to give the Hessians a warm reception, and our informant says there can be no doubt that a decisive battle has already been fought.

The enemy's forces, immediately under the command of General Patterson, are said to be about 30,000 strong, while about 10,000 are within a short distance, on the opposite side of the Potomac, ready to reinforce him at any moment.

General Johnston had not entirely completed his fortifications, but so far advanced were they that should the enemy presume to attack them, but a small portion of our force would be able to annihilate the entire army of the enemy.

Our troops, under Gen. Johnston, are about 20,000 strong, while reinforcements are being daily added, as many as three regiments being on route there yesterday.

Other information was also furnished us, with regard to our troops, of a highly favorarable character, but we deem it prudent not to give it publicity. Suffice it to say, that if a battle has been fought, victory, without doubt, has perched on the Southern banner.

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