Great as is the public anxiety to learn something with reference to the probabilities of a collision between our own and the enemy's forces, it seems almost impossible to gather a single item of interest from the present seat of war. We are told, in answer to inquiries from parties coming from the neighborhood of Fredericksburg
, that all is quiet, and that, notwithstanding the boasts of Northern papers that Burnside
would lead the Yankee
hosts to Richmond
in less than ten days, his columns are still quartered on the northern bank of the Rappahannock
, without an apparent effort to force its passage.
Unless the pressure of the radicals should urge him to advance, it is likely that his ‘"on to Richmond
"’ march will not be resumed until the enemy's forces on the South
side of James river
are ready to move upon Petersburg
His theory no doubt is, that a simultaneous attack from both points would render the capture of the city a feat easy of accomplishment.
Meanwhile the public confidence in the ability of our army to resist the invading columns remains unshaken.
The people have faith in Gen. Lee
and the tried veterans under his command.
Since writing the foregoing, we have received information from Gordonsville
which indicates that Burnside
is moving up the Rappahannock
again, some of his forces having gone up as far as eighteen miles in the direction of Warrenton Junction.