Still Later.We are indebted to the officers of the Exchange Bureau for New York papers of the 17th--one day later. We make the following extracts from them:
The retreat of Meade — his army in a safe position.A dispatch from Washington, the 16th, to the New York Times, says: ‘ There was little or no fighting yesterday in the front. It is rumored here this morning that Lee has sent a portion of his army up the Shenandoah Valley, for what purpose remains to be seen. Certain it is his army crossed the Rappahannock on Wednesday, A. P. Hill's corps in the advance. It is still doubted that Longstreet's corps has returned from the Southwest. It is thought, however, that Lee has been reinforced by troops withdrawn from the vicinity of Richmond and from North Carolina. Gen. Meade is in position at Centreville, ready to meet any attack by Lee. General Meade's headquarters last night were at Centreville. All our trains safe. It is ascertained Lee has only five days provisions with him. The cannonading yesterday was occasioned by an attempt of the rebels to cross Bull Run at Union Mills and at Mitchell's and Blackburn's Fords. They kept up a continuous cannonade to cover their crossing. Their fire, however, had little effect on our troops. The rebels made repeated attempts to cross, massing their infantry in solid columns. Our infantry and artillery, however, repulsed them each time. Firing ceased at sundown, the rebels retiring. At dark a portion of Buford's cavalry had a brisk fight with Stuart's cavalry near Brentsville. We succeeded in routing the rebels. ’ Everything is quiet at the front to-day. Col. Hardenburg, 20th New York, reached here in charge of 500 rebel prisoners, mostly North Carolinians; 200 more are expected to night. Sutlers of the Army of the Potomac have been ordered back to Alexandria, with instructions not to return until further orders. Last night, at about 8 o'clock, according to the reports of passengers from the army, information came to Meade's headquarters that a corps of the rebel army, supposed to be A. P. Hill's corps, had moved from our front in the direction of Leesburg. The Star says a heavy reconnaissance was immediately started in the direction of Aldie — the reconnoitering party moving light without knapsacks; and the enemy will make little by their motion should they be undertaking any surprise game in that direction. There was more or less skirmishing between the pickets on either side, and several casualties are reported. Yesterday there was skirmishing all along the lines of our army, and some firing also on the old Bull Run battlefield; but there was no general engagement. Our army last night was in line of battle. The whole baggage and transportation train was sent to the rear, and the sutlers were ordered to Alexandria. The skirmishing yesterday was principally for position, and the report is that in every instance Gen. Meade has succeeded in getting the advantage. The hundred and ninety-two prisoners of war, captured on Wednesday last near Bristow Station, reached this city last night, and were committed to the Old Capitol. From information received from the Army of the Potomac to-night, it appears that a body of the enemy were seen passing southward, opposite Blackburn's Ford, last night, and our batteries shelled them. They replied for half an hour and then disappeared. They made no other demonstration yesterday. It was rumored that one corps of the enemy was approaching Fairfax yesterday by the Chantilly road, and our heavy batteries were sent out in that direction. They have returned, and report all quiet. Our army is in a perfectly safe position, and prepared to repel any attack. The following is Meade's "congratulatory order" to his troops: General Order:--The Major-General Commanding announces to the army that the rear guard, consisting of the 2d corps, was attacked yesterday while marching by the flank. The enemy, after a spirited contest, was repulsed, losing a battery of five guns, two colors, and four hundred and fifty prisoners. The skill and promptitude of Major-Gen. Warren, the gallantry and bearing of the officers and soldiers of the 2d corps, are entitled to high commendation.
Chattanooga are to the 10th inst. A telegram says: ‘ Yesterday and the day before our guns on the left and right opened, and compelled Gen. Bragg to remove his headquarters from Missionary Ridge, and drove away the whole signal corps on Lookout Mountain. Up to noon to-day both sides have been quiet. Small parties of rebel sharpshooters have fired for several days from the south bank of the Tennessee upon the trains and detachments of troops moving over the road along the north bank to Bridgeport and Stevenson, and killed and wounded several men and animals. Dispositions have been made to drive them away. The damage done to the Nashville and Stevenson Railroad by Wheeler's cavalry has been repaired and trains are again running regularly. The rebel cavalry has been closely followed by ours on their raid, and attacked and defeated several times. It is low reported to be completely scattered brought the region between Duck and Elkivers. Yesterday another strong rebel picket, commanded by a Lieutenant, came into our lines in a body. They report that the enemy are building pontoons. This indicates an attempt to dislodge us from our present position by a flanking movement across the river, which will be provided against by Gen. Rosecrans. There has been no communication with Gen. Burnside for several days. The public has been wrongly impressed as to the strategic relations of his command with this army. It is serving a good purpose, but not in the manner generally supposed in the North. Owing to delay occasioned by the difficult arrangement of the details of the consolidation of the 20th and 21st army corps, Gens. McCook and Crittenden were not formally relieved until last night. ’