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Battle of Manassas. triumph of our forces over the combined armies of McClellan and Pope. Our information is such as to give encouragement to the hope that the sacred soil of Virginia will soon be rescued from the hands land divested of the polluting tread, of the Yankee invader. The great battle of Saturday le, conveying information which left no grounds to question the glorious success of our arms. This dispatch stated that on Thursday Gen. Jackson's corps repulsed Gen. Pope; Gen. Longstreet repulsed McClellan on Friday, and that on Saturday Gen. Lee attacked the combined forces of McClellan and Pope, utterly routing them with immensPope, utterly routing them with immense loss. Our army, it was stated, was still pursuing them, but in what direction we did not learn. If it be true, as previously represented, that our forces had gained the rear of the enemy, and repulsed their attempts to recover their intercepted lines we do not understand by what route they are now endeavoring to effect their e
The Daily Dispatch: September 2, 1862., [Electronic resource], From our army on the Rappahannock — interesting diary — Executions on the route. (search)
ting breakfasts, and preparing to resume their march. Near here is where a part of Col. Ashby's old command attacked the enemy's rear guard day before yesterday, and drove them back. Several killed and wounded on both sides. Some twenty Yankee prisoners, captured within the last two days, are confined in the town. They are generally a miserable, low-lived set of fellows, but evidently glad they are out of tribulation. Not one of them will acknowledge that he belongs to the army of Gen. Pope. They swear that they are Gen. Burnside's men. I asked one of them where the army appeared to be going. He replied, "Some to Warrenton Junction, and some towards Alexandria."--Citizens who live here report that they moved off evidently in great haste and confusion, and were terribly annoyed by our advanced cavalry. It is probably their intention to make a stand on the other side of the Rappahannock, and endeavor to prevent our crossing. Lee is pressing them with great pertinacity.
This swelled the river so as to make it unfordable below the mountains back of Warrenton, and of course put an end to all efforts of the rebel army to cross until the river shall again fall. There was artillery firing, nevertheless, at nearly all the fords throughout Saturday and Sunday, but with results which have not been deemed worthy of reporting. There is a rumor the rebels have been moving a heavy force in the direction of Luray, to operate in the Shenandoah Valley, but no doubt General Pope has taken measures to guard against any disaster in that direction. The rebels have tried their hand at recapturing Fort Donelson; but have failed. The fort, garrisoned by four companies of the 71st Ohio regiment, under command of Major Nab, was attacked on Monday by the force of rebels under Col. Woodward--the same which captured Clarksville — but the Ohio boys repulsed the assailants, killing and wounding thirty of them. The rebel force consisted of 450 infantry, 335 cavalry, and