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War movements.
reported through Northern channels.

Washington, August 17.
--The Confederate forces have all fallen back to Fairfax, thus apparently separating the distance between the hostile forces, but the picket guard occupy their former positions.

Baltimore, August 17.--Federal troops are now at New Bridge, where they have captured three of the bridge burners.

About one thousand Confederate troops are now near Romney, and an attack on the Federals is momentarily expected.

A flag of truce has conveyed the Nicaraguan Minister wholly beyond the Federal lines.

A flag of truce from Norfolk brings prisoners released on account of various good actions. Several others, including chaplains, are coming.

More "masked batteries"--the navigation of the Potomac in Peril.

Washington, Aug. 17.
--The correspondent of the New York Post says that a new Confederate battery, two miles below Aquia Creek, unexpectedly opened on the Pocahontas to-day. No damage was done. This is the fourth new battery erected in this neighborhood, and unless some immediate action is taken prominent naval officers here think that the navigation of the Potomac will cease.

The Union men here say that there will be a great Federal victory in Virginia when the next battle occurs, and that it will extinguish ‘"rebellion"’ in all the Confederate States. [Those Union men who entertain such views ought to obtain prominent places in the next battle.]

The Confederates continue the barbarous (?) practice of firing on Federal pickets.

News received here from Kansas states that 600 well-armed men have left Howard county to join Gov. Jackson's forces in Missouri.

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