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[from the Leesburg (Va.) Mirror, Aug. 8.]

Our Northern foes have at length pressed with their unhallowed tread the soil of Loudoun, and stained her earth with the blood of one of her sons; and, worse than all, they have been aided and abetted in their hellish work by men who bear the sacred name of Virginians — aye, of Loudouners.

For some days past it has been known that Federal troops were prowling along the opposite banks of the Potomac river, menacing our people by their occasional nocturnal visits to this side; but within the last ten days infuriated, no doubt, by the humiliating recollection of their disgraceful rout at Bull Run, they have crossed over to take revenge, as would seem, on our unprotected border, and are we learn, now quartered in the vicinity of Lovettsville, in numbers estimated at several hundred.

On Friday morning last a party crossed at Edward's Ferry, three miles below Leesburg, and burned the old warehouse and the ferry man's house at that point; both were entirely consumed. This was early in the morning Later in the day, flushed with the success of their morning excursion, three of them again approached this side, for the purpose, probably, of capturing some chickens that were feeding around the ruins. In the meantime, a party of our scouts, five in number, belonging to Capt. Thomas' Madison Cavalry, had arrived and taken a concealed position near the landing. They were discovered by the enemy, who fired upon them; but without effect. Our men held their fire until the Yankee were in the act of landing, when they discharged their pieces, killing the last one of the marauding trio. Immediately after their fall, such an incessant fire of musketry was opened from the other side the river that our men were unable to secure their game, and before reinforcements came up it was spirited away.

Thus matters remained until Monday morning, when a party of Capt. Mead's Loudoun Cavalry, twenty-one in number, who had been on duty at Potomac Furnace, opposite the Point of Rocks, for some days, were surprised by a body of Federal infantry and completely routed. It was very early in the morning and our men had just returned from a night-scouring of the mountain — some had lain down and fallen asleep, others were feeding their horses, and others were arranging for breakfast. While thus employed the enemy presented himself on their right and left in numbers of about sixty, with bayonets charged, not more than twenty yards from them. Finding that, thus hemmed in, their only safety was in instant flight, our boys took to the mountains, leaving behind their horses, arms, etc., which of course fell into the hands of the enemy.

Fourteen of the party succeeded in making their escape and reaching Leesburg, though they report that the bullets of the two flanking columns whistled around them in a manner anything but agreeable. One of them Mr. Boyd Barret, had his pistol in his hand at the time of the surprise, which was struck by an enemy's ball, breaking the ramrod and slightly injuring his hand; perhaps it saved his life.

Six of the party were captured and taken over the river, as follows: Robt. Drane, Geo Davidson, Arthur Dawson, Jonah Orrison, James W. Daniel, and Mablon Myers.

George Orrison was killed — shot through the head and arm. His body was recovered a few hours after by his friends.

Samuel Houser, Postmaster at Potomac Furnace, and his step-son, Wade, the ferryman at that point, were likewise taken prisoners, and carried to Sandy Hook. Towards evening Mr. Houser was released and sent home, with instructions, however, to evacuate his house at once, as it was their purpose to destroy it yesterday, Tuesday.

The gentleman from whom we get the above facts left the Furnace Monday night, at which time Mr. Houser had executed his orders, and his house was then vacant.

The prisoners were notified — so Mr. Houser told our informant — that they would be taken to Fort McHenry on Tuesday.

We were told that the enemy crossed the river in the neighborhood of Berlin, and were plotted down the mountain to where the attack was made, by ‘"Samuel Means,"’ one of those who fled from Loudoun upon the recent calling out of the militia. This we get from a brother of Means, who is a sterling member of Mead's Cavalry. He received it from Houser, the returned prisoner alluded to above.

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