Skirmishing on the Potomac.
The extraordinary rumors of yesterday, finally subsided into a report, for the accuracy of which we do not vouch, that an engagement took place on Wednesday, near Annandale, Fairfax county
, between Longstreet
's brigade and two brigades of the enemy; that our loss was 30 killed and wounded, and that of the Federals
, from 300 to 500.
This is the most extravagant version that we have heard.
And there is, that our loss was about 30, all told, that the Yankees
lost about the same number, in killed and wounded, and that we took 60 prisoners. The fight is reported to have continued three hours. We cannot learn that any official intelligence of this affair has been received.
We have another report of a successful skirmish at Lovettsville
, in Londoun county, Wednesday night, in which the enemy last several in killed, wounded, and prisoners.
We are requested to state that there is no truth in the rumor of a fight near Leesburg
a few days ago. The enemy shelled some earthworks thrown up by our troops about three miles east of the town, but nobody was hurt.
Every inducement has been offered to the enemy to come out and have an open fight, but he persistently refuses the challenge.