The Rappahannock lines.
The Central train from the West
arrived yesterday afternoon as its usual hour.
Passengers on the train report nothing new from the lines near Gordonsville
As the train passed Frederick's Hall a rumor prevailed that the enemy were between that station and Waller's Tavern, on the road leading to Fredericksburg
On reaching Verdon station, they learned that a severe fight was in progress, between the enemy and the forces of Gen. Stuart
, at a point some five miles form the station, in Caroline county
, and the position of the two forces was such as to warrant the hope that the Federal
troops engaged would be captured.
At Hanover Junction
, an absurd report was in calculation that Stuart
had been repulsed with the loss of two regiments and three pieces of artillery.
As his force consisted solely of cavalry and artillery, those who understood the position of affairs gave no credit to this rumor.
Some seven or eight prisoners were brought down from the Junction
by the train, who were captured in a skirmish on Tuesday afternoon.--They say that the Federal
force in the neighborhood consisted of three regiments of infantry, ten pieces of artillery, and 600 cavalry, and state, also, that Burnside
is landing at Fredericksburg
with 40,000 men. It is well known, however, that this latter statement, if not wholly untrue, is greatly exaggerated.
It is pretty well understood that Burnside
sailed from Hampton Roads
on Monday, with about 10,000 and that he intended to reinforce Pope