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The news from the Potomac.
our forces reported to be in Maryland.
reported capture of Milroy.

The reports which reach us of the operations of our forces in Northern Virginia are of the most interesting and encouraging character, and if reliable transfer the scene of military operations from the soil of Virginia to the enemy's own territory.--There is nothing official as to the movements of our army, but well attested reports represent that a portion of it crossed the Potomac a few days since, near Point of Rocks, and at last accounts were in possession of Maryland Heights, overlooking the town of Harper's Ferry, cutting off the escape of the Federal garrison at that point. The same reports state that a brigade of Confederate cavalry had advanced as far as Hagerstown, Md.' but five miles from the Pennsylvania line. Whilst we cannot vouch for these rumors, we have faith in their accuracy in the main.

The news with reference to our victory at Winchester, already published, is fully confirmed, and there is little reason to doubt that our captures there are nearly equal to any since the commencement of the war. One statement is, that Milroy, finding himself unable to defend the town with success, evacuated it on Sunday night, taking with him the main body of his forces, leaving only a small force to defend the works and retard the advance of our columns, and attempted to escape on the Martinsburg road. This movement, however, was anticipated by Gen. Ewell, and the retreat of the Yankees intercepted at some point between Martinsburg and Winchester, when they surrendered without offering battle.--There is nothing improbable in this statement, though it does not exactly correspond with our previous accounts of the capture.

There is yet nothing certain in regard to the capture or escape of the notorious Milroy. --Rumor has it that Mrs. Ewell, wife of Gen. Ewell, now in Charlottesville, received a letter from the General on Thursday stating that Milroy had been captured near the Potomac. There may be some truth in this rumor, but of course we have no means of verifying it.

There are other rumors numerous and interesting, but we cannot decide upon their accuracy.

In addition to the above we have some facts about the capture of Winchester.

[from our own Correspondent]

Staunton, Va., June 18
Several days ago I could have written you quite an interesting communication, had I been willing to receive half the stories brought to this place from the lower Valley. I preferred to wait for such details as could be relied on. I have this morning conversed with a gentleman who was with the army during the late important transactions, and who left Winchester Tuesday morning, and I will give you a few items derived from him.

Our glorious Ewell — under whom I served during last year's campaign, and for whom I often felt jealous (though he never felt jealous for himself)--has indeed caught the mantle of the ascended Jackson. Brilliantly has he reenacted the scenes of the spring of '62, on the same theatre.

Having first occupied every road approaching Winchester, Jackson like, he made a road leaving the Valley turnpike near Kernstown and stretching across the Romney road, and for six miles further on, bearing towards the Martinsburg road. By means of this road, he led his army half around the town, and attacked the enemy, who were expecting an attack from forces on the Martinsburg road, on the flank and rear. The surprise was complete. So little were they anticipating an attack from the direction in which it came, that they had placed there all the wagon trains, which thus actually were between us and them.

It seems that skirmishing all around was going on during Saturday, the enemy's pickets retiring. It also continued Sunday, and on that day Ewell, with great secrecy and with painful toil, conducted his army over the new road, getting them into position about 6 P. M., when the cannonade commenced. It continued for two and a half hours, during which the Louisiana brigade gallantly charged, with cheers, the enemy's outer works, and took possession of them. Here darkness closed active operations, but on Monday morning the enemy, utterly disorganized, evacuated the town, leaving horses, wagons, commissary and medical stores and artillery.

They seemed to have destroyed nothing.--Some three or four hundred wagons were secured; also, sixty pieces of cannon, and 2,800 horses, among which a large number were unusually fine animals.

Three miles above the town a brigade en masse was captured, principally, I believe, by the immortal "Stonewall Brigade." Besides this, during to-day large numbers of prisoners, in squads, were being brought in.

The avenues of exit from the place were strewed with the knapsacks and clothing of the fugitives.

It was feared the brute Milroy had escaped, but if no, it was after the style in which his master Lincoln entered Washington.

Our whole loss in killed and wounded does not exceed 200. Of course we lost none in prisoners. The enemy's loss in killed and wounded was comparatively small, but we appear to have captured nearly the whole force, amounting to 6,000 or 7,000. Probably at least as many muskets as prisoners were taken.

Is not all this a noble achievement for our maimed Ewell? Right glad am I that he rides as of old.

From this place and from everywhere else refugees from the lower Valley are flocking thither. Merchants and speculators, male and female, Jew and Gentile, are also crowding to Winchester. But it will be no go, as there are few if any goods there. I learn that the town is in a filthy condition. As you know, a slaughter house had been established in the centre of the place. The market and some of the principal buildings had been used as stables. The Yankees had been the principal sufferers from the "clotted fever," though a kind of typhoid fever had prevailed among the citizens.

I was pleased to hear that the country this side of Winchester is less desolated than last year. Many fences are up, enclosing luxuriant grass or corn or wheat. The season there has been better than in this region.

I learn that on Tuesday morning our army was three miles below Martinsburg ordered to march at 11 o'clock with three days rations.


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