From the army of the Potomac--reported advance of the enemy.
--It is reported that a large body of the enemy crossed the Long Bridge
Their design is doubtless to make a feint, while more active movements are taking place in the vicinity of Evansport
A gentleman who was in Alexandria
on Tuesday night, passed through the lines of the Federalists, and via Annandale
came to our camps.
He reports that there were on Wednesday only two or three brigades at the latter place, and he saw no indications of an immediate advance.
At that time, his estimate of the Federal
force on this side of the Potomac
was 45,000 men. The Commanding Generals
of the Confederate army entertain the belief that an advance will be made, and that an important battle will yet take place before the fall campaign is closed.
The Northern sentiment is pressing McClellan
to do something at once, and from the tone of the journals, it is growing in strength with every delay.
Within the last three days a remarkable change is observable in the weather, which highly favors any contemplated movement the Yankee General
has in view.
The roads, hither to soft and yielding, have become comparatively hard, and should it continue, the objection urged against the use of field artillery will be completely obviated.