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Affairs on the Rapidan — no General fight as yet.

It was confidently expected that a general engagement would take place yesterday between the armies of Gens. Lee and Meade, but in this the public expectation was disappointed.

The annexed dispatch from Gen. Lee will show that the enemy are still feeling our position, reluctant to make an assault:


Hdq'rs Army Northern Va., Via Orange C. H., Dec. 1st, 1863.

To Gen. S. Cooper:

The enemy opened their batteries on our lines yesterday. Some skirmishing took place, but no attack.

(Signed) R. E. Lee, General.

Passengers by the Fredericksburg train yesterday afternoon report that heavy cannonading was heard at Hamilton's crossing when the train left, but we have nothing to confirm the belief that any serious engagement took place.

The Central train yesterday afternoon brought one hundred and ten prisoners, captured in the engagement of Friday last. The more intelligent of the prisoners express the belief that it is the intention of Meade to winter in the vicinity of Fredericksburg. They say that his army numbers about 75,000 effective men.

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