From the Potomac.
Passengers from Fairfax
yesterday report everything quiet in that vicinity.
We still adhere to our opinion that there will be no battle before the middle of the month, though events might happen to precipitate an engagement.
Should the Federals
take the in , they will doubtless find our army ready to receive them: We learn from Northern journals that the Federal
forces made another "Bethel
" mistake on their recent march towards Munson's hill, and fired into each other with considerable effect.--These little episodes of the campaign will perhaps teach the Yankees
that war is no childish amusement, and a few more defeats like those of Manassas
may convince them of the hopelessness of their cause.
They are now much exercised in regard to the navigation of the Potomac
, having become impressed with the belief that any passing vessel is in danger of being sent to the bottom by well-directed shots from the Confederate batteries.