[from our own correspondent.]
were said to be digging rifflers near the Navy night before last; doubtless to prevent Lee
from crossing over to catch them on their retreat from Stafford
The pickets above were seen last evening with cavalry beets on, showing that the infantry have already gone, and the cavalry are the rear guard.
Yesterday there seemed to be an inspection of wagons going on near Walker Roy's house. 466 wagons were collected there and 216 down at the depot.
40 pieces of artillery also, with infantry and cavalry, with 16 flags, were seen.
Before night all disappeared.
I hear again of numerous transports on the Potomac
Not to be outdone, we had an inspection on our side, of Barksdale
, of the Senate, and Hon. Mr. Barksdale
, of the House
, were present, and seemed highly gratified at the health and appearance of their follow-Mississippians.
It was a handsome parades, and officers and men were mutually proud of each other.
At night the band serenaded the distinguished visitors, and spackles were made in acknowledgment by Gov. Brown
, Hon, Mr. Barksdale
, General Barksdale
, Col, Griffin
, Major Campbell
, Lt.-Col. Lune
, and Lt.-Col. Fisher
, who concluded by saying he "was not in the habit of speaking, but would be with them in the next fight. " The speeches were appropriate and eloquent, and were highly applauded.
Two years ago the Tennessee-cans and Arkangious were welcomed from the same spot.
"blossomed like the rose." When the Mississippians came the citizens were exiles, and Burnside
offered them the "hostilities of the occasion, " but retired vanquished by the valor and retreating from the volleys of Confederate invincible.
I was glad to see them on the scene of their triumphs welcomed and welcoming their fellow-citizens.--It is right that the home of Washington
should give cordial greeting to honored citizens from the home of Jefferson Davis
, standing on the consecrated home of Washington
's boyhood, fired on Southern soldiers at the grave of his mother.
MaLaws's brave division slow a thousand of the miscreants, and partly expiated the offence by offering them a sacrifice at her tomb.
And while Mississippians, and other gallant representatives of all the States, are so nobly fighting the battles of the Confederacy
upon the sacred and outraged soil of Virginia
's most favored section' Fredericksburg
, having sent nearly all her sons to the defence of North Carolina
, has also given three of her cherished children--Major-General Maury
, Major-General Stevenson
, and Brigadier-General Barton
--to defend at Vicksburg
the citadel and heart of Mississippi