From the Rappahannock.
Yesterday was a day pregnant with reports, the most important of which was one that a battle on the Rappahannock
, near Port Royal
was hourly looked for. There were many who gave credit to this report, and believed that a few hours only would be necessary to give it full confirmation.
We are pleased to state, however, that there was no foundation for the statement, and that everything is quiet along the lines.
It is supported that the report originated in a circumstance which occurred in the vicinity of Port Royal
on Friday night, the particulars of which we have from a gentleman who come down on the train last evening.
The first brigade of Jackson
's old division were on picket in that locality, and during the night it was conceived by some of the sent that the enemy was attempting to cross when they opened fire.
This, of course, created some commotion, and the troops were put under arms; but when daylight came it was ascertained that no foundation existed for the alarm.
P. S.--Since the above was written a dispatch from Fredericksburg
, published under the telegraph head, asserts that the enemy have made demonstrations indicating an early attack.