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Maryland on Sunday and Monday very as to particulars, but concur in the statement that the enemy was repulsed after Gen. Hill was reinforced by Longstreet. The fight is said to have occurred at or near Middletown, in Frederick City, on the old National road and about fifteen miles from Hagerstown. The most reliable statement we have in reference to the engagement is, that the fight commenced between Gen. D. H. Hills's division, 15,000 strong and the divisions of McClellan, Burnside, and Sieged, amounting in all to some 80,000 men. The Federal force attacked and surrounded Hill, who maintained his position with changing fortune until night when he was reinforced by Longstreet's division. The next day the fight was renewed, and the heavy columns of McClellan driven three three miles from the battle-field. The troops under Gen. Hill are said to have suffered considerably, but our loss is thought to be heavier in prisoners than in killed and wounded. The Federal loss is also said to have been terribly heavy. Col. Francis H. Smith, in a letter to Governor Letcher under date of the 16th inst., writes of this battle as follows: It is reported that an engagement took place near Boonsboro. It is said the enemy were repulsed twice, with a loss of 5,000 in killed and wounded. Our loss was heavy. Our troops fell back towards the Potomac from reasons that can be easily conjectured, Jackson will now recross the Potomac at Harper's Ferry, circumvent the enemy, if he has had the temerity to follow our advanced corps, and we shall capture or disperse the whole concern.--God grant that this conjecture may be verified. Gen. Garnett is certainly killed. His body arrived here this morning. We also make the following extract from a letter of S. B. Meade. Esq. editor of the Winchester R. Winchester, Sept. 16--A fight took place Sunday at Middletown, Maryland, between a very heavy force of the enemy and Gen. D. H. Hill's division. The loss was great on each side. Hill, however, held his position until the advance of Longstreet arrived, when the enemy fell back. Gen. Garnett was killed. No other officer as yet reported killed of wounded. The forces defeated by Hill were on their way to the relief of their friends at the Ferry. In addition to these statements, there were countess rumors in circulation about this engagement. One to the effect that Gen. Longstreet has been killed, and another that Gen. Jackson, with his once from Harper's Ferry, had gained the rear of the enemy, and cut off his retreat to Washington. We endeavored to trace these statements, and are ready to conclude that they have no substantial foundation. That Gen. Jackson will make the effort to change McClellan's ‘"base,"’ we think highly probable, and we have reason to hope, from his perseverance, that his effort will be successful; but that the feat has been accomplished, there is no information to support.
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