We have later and important intelligence from the North. The Washington Chronicle, of the 10th inst., contains some very interesting information relative to the Confederate advance into Maryland, and the announcement that Gen. Lew Wallace has been whipped by our forces. The following is a summary of the contents:
The raid into Maryland--Gen. Wallace whipped and Brig Gen. Tyler captured — excitement in Baltimore — preparations for defence, Etc.The Yankees have found out that the raid is quite a respectable affair. So respectable that the Washington Chronicle, instead of calling the troops "ragged rebels," dignifies them with the appellation of "haughty invaders." The dispatches from Baltimore show the greatest excitement there. We give them in the order in which they come: Baltimore, July 9--7 P. M. --The excitement in this city is intense, and on the increase. Crowds are thronging the bulletin boards, and a thousand wild and unprovable rumors are in circulation. Railroad communication with Western Maryland is still kept up. The 5 o'clock train went out this afternoon towards Frederick; and Prescott Smith, the Master of Transportation, states the Baltimore and Ohio railroad is in use to within five miles of the Monocracy. Gen. Wallace is engaged with the enemy between the Monocracy and Frederick, and heavy skirmishing has been going on this afternoon. The rebel cavalry are extending their excursions in various directions, one squad being seen at Catoctin, another five miles of Westminster. The rolling stock of the Western Maryland road has been sent to this city for safe keeping. Quite a commotion has been stored up amongst the owners of horse flesh here, as the Government is pressing into service every available animal. In order to prevent giving information to the enemy, no one is allowed to leave the city without a pass. All accounts agree in representing the rebel forces to be much larger, and the movement much more formidable than was at first supposed.
Evacuation of Frederick.Frederick and fallen back in this direction, and now occupy a position south of the Monocracy. The rebels occupy Frederick, in what force is not positively known; reports say 12,000, and that they are under the command of Breckinridge. Our movement is understood to have been made to prevent a flank movement by another rebel force which has crossed the Potomac near Edward's ferry.
Excitement in Baltimore.Harrisburg says that at 11 o'clock last night (7th) Hagerstown was still burning. Advices from Gettysburg state that the town was in a state of great excitement night before last, and that the rumored advance of the enemy caused a great stampeded. It is now certain that the rebels occupy Frederick City, but their future destination is only a matter of conjecture.
Unofficial version of the defeat.Gen. Wallace, at Frederick. As near as I can get at the truth, the enemy appeared in large force in front of Frederick last evening. Gen Wallace, not deeming himself strong enough to resist them, fell back to Monocracy Bridge. Here he was attacked this morning in overwhelming numbers, and was forced to fall back on reinforcements which were sent to his relief. The enemy were so strong that it is reported our forces are still falling back, and that the rebels have destroyed the bridge at Monocracy. The liquor stores were all closed at 8 P. M. The streets are thronged with people, discussing the state of affairs. Troops are being rapidly sent forward, horses are being seized, and cavalry mounted and sent to the front. The President and Superintendent of the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad are doing all in their power to aid the authorities in forwarding troops to the scene of action. Baltimore, July 9.--Later accounts from the front represent that our forces have fallen back from the Monocracy to the vicinity of Monrovia.--Our forces burned the turnpike bridge over the Monocracy. Particulars of the fight have not been received.
Official account of the disaster.
Secretary of War.
Maryland has issued the following proclamation: Citizens of Baltimore! We have been unwilling to create an unnecessary alarm or agitation in this community by an appeal for your immediate assistance in resisting the threatened invasion that may be deemed premature, but have no longer such an apprehension, and have no hesitation in declaring that, in our opinion, the danger which threatens the city is imminent, and if you would avert it every loyal man must at once prepare to meet it. The invading enemy is, by the last accounts, approaching this city. All the men that can be raised are wanted to occupy the fortifications already completed and to prepare others. It is not important how you should come, but most important that you should come at once — come in your leagues or in militia companies; but come in crowds and come quickly. Brig. Gen. Lockwood has volunteered to take charge of all the civil forces, and has been assigned to that command. The loyal men of every ward will assemble at their usual places of ward meeting, and will report forthwith to Gen. Lockwood at his headquarters, 34 North street.