Early yesterday morning the city was rife with rumors to the effect that an engagement was progressing in Northern Virginia
The non-arrival of the Fredericksburg
train at the usual hour gave rise to hundreds of surmises, and of course multiplied the rumors.
On the arrival of that train at 6 P. M. the following facts were obtained: The enemy are reported to have crossed the Rappahannock
on Tuesday night and yesterday morning in three places.
, Ely's, and Germanna fords, advancing some distance this side of the river.
The forces that crossed at Germanna and at Ely
's came three miles this side of Chancellorsville
, on the old battle field, and skirmished with our forces a little, and then retired, recrossing the river.
Those crossing at the United States
ford were reported to be within five miles of Fredericksburg
when the train left Hamilton's Crossing
, at half-past 2 P. M.
Our scouts, who had been over the other side of the river, ascertained from citizens that the enemy went forward very reluctantly when ordered to advance.
Information was also brought down by passengers on the same train that the enemy were making a general advance along the entire lines.
We are disposed to believe, however, the movement is intended as a grand reconnaissance in force.
From the Peninsula
we have no material change to note.
The enemy are busily engaged in repairing the wharf at West Point
, and a few cavalry have made their appearance at that place.
The forces which have been withdrawn from Charleston
, and who are reported to have sailed South,
may make their appearance in this direction.
In evacuating Washington, North Carolina
, the enemy destroyed the fortifications and everything of value there.
The evacuation commenced on Thursday evening last.