We mentioned in our issue of yesterday that passengers by the Central
read reported that heavy firing was heard in the direction of Culpeper
on Monday, and that the opinion obtained that a severe fight was in progress.
It has since transpired that this firing was near Rixeyville, in Culpeper county
, between the forces of Gen. Stuart
and the advance of the enemy.
The affair resulted in a very sharp skirmish, in which the enemy were driven back over the Hazel
and Rappahannock rivers
What the loss was on either side we were not able to learn, but officers who came down on the train last evening attach little importance to the engagement, and regard it as a mere skirmish, and not by any means indicating a prospect of an early general battle.
The firing is said to have continued at intervals from 7 o'clock in the morning until 2 o'clock in the afternoon.