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From Gen. Lee's Army. All the information we have from Northern Virginia points to the concentration of the contending forces in the neighborhood of Fredericksburg, the enemy having evidently selected that route for the next "On to Richmond" demonstration. We have a report, which is deemed reliable, that our pickets in the neighborhood of Stafford's Store were driven in by the enemy on Tuesday afternoon. Another report, not well authenticated, however, states that the Yankees, in force, have occupied Stafford Heights, nearly opposite Fredericksburg.--From present indications it is not improbable that the next trial of strength between the two armies will take place on the old battlefield of December last.
h has been their course, it is reported, since they reinvade the State, which, it is hoped, will be the last time. They have rebuilt the bridge at Rappahannock Station, where the Orange and Alexandria railroad crossed the river, and are said to be running trains regularly. Meads seems to be proceeding with great caution in his movements, so much so as not to have yet developed his designs fully. Whenever and wherever he may decide to join the fearful issue of battle, he will find Gen Lee on the qui vive, as usual, and prepared to meet him. Our gallant men are now on their own soil, and well may Meads be cautious how he risked the already precarious tenure of his position. All has been quiet since Saturday, and nothing from the enemy except a report that they have occupied Culpeper C. H. in force. August 4th, 1863. A body of the Yankee cavalry crossed the river at Rixeyville early this morning, and were repaired by the 11th Va. regiment, on picket of the t
e reconnaissance made on Friday by General Buford's cavalry across the Rappahannock resulted in a sharp fight, with considerable loss on both sides. The whereabouts of the rebel army were found to be between the Rapidan and the Rappahannock, with Lee's headquarters at Stevensburg, four miles from Culpeper. The Confederates have a very strong picket line across the Rappahannock, but do not seem to be in any considerable force as far up as Fredericksburg. The following dispatch from Washingtonarge rebel force of infantry and artillery, and a fierce light ensued, lasting until dark, when he withdrew to a strong position east of Beandy Station. The losses on both sides was considerable. This reconnaissance confirms the concentration of Lee's forces near Culpeper, and indicates that his present headquarters are at Stevensburg, four miles southeast of Culpeper. The twenty nine sutler wagon captured near Fairfax Thursday night by Mosby and his band were recaptured, with all their
supreme necessity" of this war is the destruction of Lee's army. Its history has been "mainly cord of succeltaneously from different directions, so as to compel Lee to divide his army, and expose each fraction of it toa, as was first anticipated. The first object of Lee's army is undoubtedly the defence of Richmond. But iof the Potomac should be the capture of Richmond. If Lee's army fails, so does Richmond; but Richmond may fall and leave Lee's army still as formidable as ever. The Confederacy can give up the one and yet be a great milidone, all is done — is to destroy the armies. And as Lee's army is now almost the only one of any considerable through Eastern Tennessee and Western Virginia, upon Lee's flank, and were the old Army of the Potomac at an e the new draft, it would be physically impossible for Lee to hold out for any long period. Of course he, too, ery energy to the utmost to keep up the efficiency of Lee's command, for he knows that his fate depends upon it
l, for it was simply blasphemes. That men in such positions could so express themselves at such a time is a deplorable illustration of the degeneracy of American rulers. In another article, which appears in the impression of the 21st, it says it can see termination of the war at present in view, and goes on. Let us look to what has just happened. On the 4th, so it is said, Vicksburg surrendered, its desperate condition having probably been known some days before. On the same day Lee was found to have commenced his retreat from Gettysburg back into Virginia. On the same day the Confederate Vice President, with a commissioner, came down the James river with a flag of truce, bearing letters from President Davis to President Lincoln, and wish deliver them in person. some hesitation, was refused, and that in a way which implied that the Federal Government would not communicate with the Confederate, unless the subject of the communication was known before the envoys were e
Fragments of companies, many of them that never may be filled, are kept in camp and rendezvous about the city for weeks at a time. As Gen. Lee needs forces at once, would it not be wise policy in the commandant of this district to turn these men over to companies already in the field, and thus enable them to do good service?