A report was brought by the York River
train, yesterday afternoon, that heavy firing was heard in the morning, by persons at West Point
, and the inference was that a fight had commenced on the Peninsula
We have heard that General Mansfield
lately sent a message to General Magruder
, giving him notice to evacuate his position within ten days, and that the latter, in reply, defied him to come out and attempt to drive him away.
Until we receive a confirmation of the report circulated yesterday, we shall hesitate to believe that any engagement has yet taken place.
According to the latest Federal advices, Mansfield
had gone to take command at Hatteras
, and Wool
had returned to Fortress Monroe
We lean from a private letter that on Sunday last an order from General Magruder
was read in the several camps, announcing the receipt of positive information that the enemy had lately landed 70 rifled cannon and 500 artillery horses at Fortress Monroe
; that he placed the utmost confidence in the patriotism of his troops, and was satisfied of their determination to resist any attack; and that under the circumstances no more furloughs would be granted until after the 1st of January. The Federal force at Newport News has been strongly reinforced.