Affairs on the Rappahannock.
During the day, yesterday, we had various rumors in circulation throughout the city with reference to the movements of the enemy on the Rappahannock
--one of them to the effect that Hooker
, having been heavily reinforced, was throwing his columns across the river at Port Royal, Caroline county
, about twenty miles below Fredericksburg
The information received from passengers on the train last night contradicts this rumor, and if we may credit the reports brought down by this source, everything is in a state of quiet, with no probability of an immediate advance.
For several days past large fires have been observed, and black columns of smoke seen ascending on the Stafford side, which we think rather indicates a retrograde than a forward movement.
does not perhaps feel very secure on the South
side of the Potomac
since his late defeat, and it is by no means improbable that he is destroying stores with a view to fall back upon Washington