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The total rout of the rebels at Sharpsburg by Gen. McClellan yesterday is reported, and their fight across tf heavy guns, and from the position I occupied, Gen. McClellan's right appeared to rest on Sharpsburg, and hisstroyed a bridge over this creek yesterday, but Gen. McClellan had it rebuilt during the night. The position occupied by General McClellan appears to be an advantageous one, his guns seeming to be stationed on a rangeorning and continued until late at night. General McClellan, at the close of the day, had driven them abou where least expected. It is evident that General McClellan was pressing Gen. Lee to the river in such a mails here, and the most enthusiastic admiration of McClellan and his army. We have undoubtedly won great aes. Yesterday evening, previous to this news, McClellan and Burnside were rapidly making such dispositionsmies. All appear to have profound respect for General McClellan. Of their own army, Generals Lee and Jackson
and running down to the Potomac midway between Rohrersville and Sherpsburg. The rebels, cut off from the iron bridge at Harper's Ferry by the advance of General Franklin's corps, and fearing to cross the Potomac at any of the fords, with Gen. McClellan pushing down hard upon them, took this creek for a line of defence. During yesterday the battle raged with great spirit, and the firing on either side was very heavy until-towards sundown, when the rebels were flanked by Hooker and Portery one here is jubilant over the news, and people talk about seeing the "beginning of the end" Harrisburg, Sept. 17--Nothing has been heard from Harper's Ferry since I dispatched last. Gen. Longstreet is wounded and a prisoner. All the news that can be got over the wires from General McClellan is "Glorious Victory," although every inch of the field has been warmly contested by the enemy, who must have near 40,000 killed and wounded. Many of our wounded are now at Hagerstown, Maryland.
r Butler. The Yankees have not only no General, but it seems to us they have no materials out of which a General can be made. A generation devoted to money getting can hardly possess many of the heroic virtues, and among a people where the heroic virtues do not exist, the material for forming Generals cannot be found. The military academy at West Point has furnished the South with a number of Generals, worthy to rank with those of any service in the world. The camp of Gen. Lee, at this moment, presents an array of names second to none which have been known to the world, since the days of Napoleon and his Marshals. We will not attempt to enumerate, for the number is so great that some of them would be sure to escape our memory, and it would be invidious not to name all, for all — each in his separate sphere — deserve to be named. The same school, on the other hand, has given to the Yankees no name greater than that of McClellan, the hero of a dozen defeats, and only one victo
usly contesting their position, that yet General McClellan is actively pressing them with all the a justify the unqualified conclusion that General McClellan has administered the death blow to this ditional troops from Washington which joined McClellan at the same time. Thus the battle was joinee intercepted by our troops left behind by Gen. McClellan for this purpose. If we are not mistaken and victory to be correct, the success of Gen. McClellan's combinations is so complete as instantly the officers partaking of the enthusiasm, Gen. McClellan's reception by the people of Frederick wastion of batteries. It is evident that Gen. McClellan was pressing Gen. Lee to the river in suchin progress. All the corps d' armee which Gen McClellan had taken with him to Frederick were massee. Information has been received that Gen. McClellan destroyed the aqueduct at the mouth of theryland. The brilliant victories achieved by McClellan have summarily brushed away the gloom and de
etween Middletown and Boonsboro, on the old National road, where it crosses the Blue Ridge mountains. Gen. Lee. in his march from Frederick to Hagerstown, left Gen. D. H. Hill and Gen. Studant at mountain passes to keep the advancing forces of McClellan, who were believed to be moving to the relief of the enemy at Harper's Ferry, in check, whilst the corps of Longstreet moved on in the direction of Hagerstown. Harper's Ferry having withstood the siege-longer than was anticipated Gen. Lee retude. Early on Monday morning Gen. Lee withdrew the corps of Longstreet and Hill from their position and retired to Sharpsburg, to await the arrival of our forces engaged in the reduction of Harper's Ferry. Early the same day, the forces of McClellan passed the mountain, and at two in the afternoon reached a position in front of our lines near Sharpsburg. Up to Tuesday night they had able no attack, and Gen. Lee also remained inactive waiting the function of Jackson's corps. The surre