y, every sign of a retreat, that seems the most plausible solution of the activity observable last night.
This morning the 2d company of the Washington Artillery returned from picket duty on the outposts, and the 1st company, Captain squires, was sent to take its place.
The 3d company, Captain Miller, has returned from Leesburg.
Several changes have been made within a few weeks which have not been noticed in the public prints.
Gen. Kirby Smith sold brigade, composed of the 9th, 10th, and 11th Alabama and one regiment from Mississippi, is now under Gen. Wilcox, one of the newly made Brigadiers.
Before the promotion of Gen. Smith the brigade was under J H Forney, Col. Commanding, Col. Forney is a North Carolinian by birth, but has become an Alabamian by adoption, and was appointed a cadet to West Point from that State.--July 1st, 1852, he entered the United States army as brevet Second Lieutenant in the 7th Infantry.
He was made a First Lieutenant on the 25th of August, 18