From the Valley.
The movements of our army on the Potomac
, and the occupation of the lower and of the Valley
by the Federal
forces, has materially interrupted communication with that section of the State
, and we consequently know very little that is transpiring there.
The latest reliable information is contained in a letter from a gentleman of Winchester
to a friend now in this city.
The letter is dated the 8th, and from it we give the following extract:
"The enemy yesterday afternoon advanced as far as Stephenson
's, from Bunker Hill
kept them in check until Gen. Jackson
arrived with his gallant little army and twelve pieces of artillery.
No sooner was it reported that 'Jackson
is coming,' than the entire force of the enemy fell back to Banker Hill.
Three of their men were found dead on the field, and ten wounded. To-day all is comparatively quiet.
About 6,000 Federals in Charlestown
, by last account.
Yesterday, when Jackson
went down at the head of Loring
's men, they gave him three cheers.
They are compelling all to take the oath in Jefferson
, to save their property from confiscation, and themselves from arrest."
Since the above was put in type, we have met with a gentleman who left Winchester
on Tuesday, who reports that Gen. Jackson
still held the town when he left, and it was believed did not intend to evacuate without a conflict.
The enemy, in large force, was advancing from Charlestown
, and ten thousand were reported to be at or near Berryville
, ten miles southeast of Winchester
Our informant states that the most patriotic enthusiasm prevails in the Valley
, and men were volunteering by hundreds.
One regiment of militia, numbering about 450 men, which has been in service for the past eight months, had enlisted to a man, and the ranks of the different companies were rapidly filling up. Everywhere the most determined spirit of resistance was manifest, and the earnest hope was entertained that Gen. Jackson
would be able to hold his position.