Early yesterday morning a report obtained currency that the War Department was in possession of important and encouraging dispatches from the army of Gen. Lee
, which would be given to the public during the day. These reports were retailed by sensation mongers through the streets until the public appetite was whetted to an extent that led it to expect the announcement of a triumph little short of the total annihilation of Meade
's grand Army of the Potomac.
When the dispatch was made public it was found that it had reference to an unimportant cavalry fight which occurred at Shepherdstown
, on the Potomac
, on the 16th inst, an account of which was posted on the Dispatch
bulletin early on Saturday.
The Central train which arrived yesterday afternoon, brought down the body of Major-General Pender
, who was wounded in the battles at Gettysburg
, which was placed in the Capitol
At the time his wound was received it was not regarded as mortal, but when he reached Staunton
it was found necessary to amputate his leg, under the effects of which he died.