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Another Trick of the enemy — the Leesburg battle.

On the morning after the great battle near Leesburg, the enemy sent over a flag of truce, with a request for permission to bury their dead. This was unhesitatingly granted, and Gen. Evans ordered a suspension of all further operations on the part of his own command. The result, however, gave an additional illustration to the character of the Yankees for duplicity and treachery; for taking advantage of the opportunity, they commenced strengthening their position near Edward's Ferry, and were discovered planting a battery in the edge of an adjacent field. Gen. Evans immediately resolved to attack them, and Col. Parkedale, of the 13th Mississippi, was ordered forward for the purpose.--In the afternoon two companies of skirmish within thirty yards of the enemy, and they were fired upon and returned the first and the regiment coming up quickly, elected some well directed volleys upon The 13th, with loud shouts, and made for the enemy's and kept up a running fire until they ravine, where they halted, referring shots from batteries on both sides of the river, but could not continue the pursuit ing of the late hour. Our loss was two killed, Lieut. Fluker, and private Simmons, of Capt. McElroy's company of skirmishers — while the enemy lost forty or fifty. The Federals would have been attacked and driven their position the next morning, had they not retreated across the river during the fight. This is a correct statement of an of which we have already given the version.

The victory of the previous day (the 21st) was announced to the Army by Gen. John as follows:

Headquarters Army of the Potomac, Centreville, Va., Oct. 22, 1861.
Orders No. 47.

The Commanding General announces to the with great satisfaction, a brilliant success achieved yesterday, near Leesburg, by the and his Brigade.

After a contest lasting from early morning this Brigade routed and drove back Maryland a very large Federal force, during six cannon and 657 prisoners, and command wounding a large number.

The skill and courage with which this victory has been achieved enmities Col. Evans Brigade of the 1st Corps to the of the Army.

By command of Gen. Johnston. [Signed] Thos. G. Ruett,

A. A. General.

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