Latest Northern News.
We have received Baltimore
papers of the 15th.
They contain no items of special importance.
The most interesting feature of the Sun's Washington
news department consists in an account of a general alarm throughout the Federal
lines on the Potomac
on Saturday last.
It seems that a company of infantry and another of cavalry, be longing to the Confederate Army, advanced to Minor's hill
for a brief reconnoisance.
The Federal scouts, scared out of their wits, retreated to their camp with the news that ‘"at least three regiments,"’ with ‘"six pieces of artillery,"’ and any number of ‘ "Black Horse,"’ had appeared directly in their front, and manifested an intention of opening upon the Federal
This gave rise to a general preparation on the part of McClellan
, who, on the ensuing night, had every man in readiness.
All slept upon their arms.
Several large bodies of reserves were transported across the Potomac
from the vicinity of Washington
, to be at hand in the dreadful battle that every one was sure of taking place very soon and very suddenly.
The truth of the matter, however, was soon discovered.
The men were placed ‘"at ease,"’ the reserves ordered back, and Minor's hill
was taken possession of in order to afford the ‘"rebels"’ no more opportunities to get up a panic, from that quarter at least.