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mile in tolerable order, and attempted to make a stand, but were again charged, and this time they broke and ran like sheep, no efforts of their officers sufficing to stay the stampede of the frightened wretches, and everything that could impede their flight being thrown away. The roads and fields were literally strewed with abandoned guns, articles of clothing, cartridge boxes, &c. The following is the official dispatch announcing the retreat of the enemy into Maryland: Headq'rs Army Northern Va.,July 28, 1864. Hon James A Seddon, Secretary of War: General Early reports that the enemy has retreated across the Potomac at Williamsport, burning over seventy wagons and abandoning twelve caissons. Our troops occupy Martinsburg. R E Lee. There was nothing of interest from Petersburg yesterday. All was reported quiet. Rumors were current that a battle was expected or had taken place at Atlanta on Thursday, but we could trace them to no reliable authority.