The battle of Saturday.
Fall Particulars up to Monday Afternoon. The Northern press continue to receive letters from the army of the Potomac, but what they relate is not very clear or satisfactory. A correspondent of the Philadelphia Press, writing from Fortress Monroe on Monday afternoon, says: ‘ The affair of Saturday last partook more of the nature of a battle than the engagements of Thursday or Friday. Gen. Fitz John Porter has covered himself with glory. He selected a very strong position, and, having posted his forces in an admirable manner, was prepared to hold it against any force of the enemy. The brave men of his command all fought with heroic courage, and the volunteers vied with Gen Sykes's regulate in making steady movements, and carefully executing the commands of their officers. Time and again vast hordes of rebels moved up in solid columns upon our troops, but our regular batteries as often mowed them down in a most destructive manner. Steady discharges of shell, grape, and canister, in regular salvos, seemed to sweep down whole companies. As soon as confusion in the rebel ranks was apparent, Gen. Porter ordered Gen. Meagher's Irish brigade to charge bayonets, which they did in the most gallant and heroic style, bareheaded; in their shirt sleeves, occasionally with these rolled up.--This charge had an excellent effect. The rebels were driven back with great slaughter, and Gen. Porter was preparing to move upon them over the piles of the rebel dead and dying, when the enemy again advanced steadily, strongly reinforced. Now the Pennsylvanians gave them the benefit of all their splendid rifles, while the batteries played upon them as before, creating sad havoc. Indeed, the slaughter upon other fields during this war has never been anything to compare to this.--The rebels staggered under their losses, and our forces were advancing steadily upon them, driving them back at every point, when a staff officer rode up with an order from the Commander-in-Chief to General Porter, directing him to fall back with his command, and cross the Chickahominy. The order was executed in fine style, and our troops did not miss a man, the enemy being too severely punished to follow us closely. The only difficulty was with the Pennsylvania Reserves and Meagher's Irishmen--their commanders exerting all their powers to induce these brave men to cease firing. They saw the advantages gained by hard fighting, and they were anxious to follow up the success. General Porter thought he would be reinforced, and be ordered to advance upon Richmond forthwith, but it was not so designed, and he fall back, as ordered, promptly. Four trains of cars, loaded with forage, were ordered to Dispatch on Saturday, but meeting the enemy's pickets on the road, the trains were backed down near the White House, the cars were burned, and the four locomotives were blown up. This was a great loss, but it was enhanced by the destruction of stores, &c., at the White House--everything there being in flames. Elegant ambulances and loaded baggage wagons were rolled down to the river bank, and there being no time to burn them, they were cast into the river. I embarked with many others on board of the John Brooks, but owing to the fact that our vessel was too large to move down the river in safety at night we dropped anchor in sight of White House Point. The houses burned on all night, and the scene presented was one of the grandest I ever beheld. The rebels were not in eight on Sunday morning when we moved down the river. The gunboats dropped down with us some miles, and anchored under a bluff, so as to allow the rebels a chance to come as far east as they chose. A boat sent up to communicate with Gen. McClellan by way of James river was fired on recently by a rebel field battery. A portion of Gen. Stoneunan's command was ordered to Yorktown and Williamsburg to guard the telegraph wires and open direct communication with Gen. McClellan. Arrangements are perfecting under the direction of officers of high standing here, to convey a full supply of stores to Gen. McClellan's army, but by what means I am not at liberty to publish. A single sutler in the vicinity of White House had property to the amount of $10,000 destroyed on Saturday. ’