ch, and when endeavoring to pass where we were posted our men were ordered to fire, which they did, causing the enemy to retreat.
Previous to their retreating, which was caused by a well-directed fire from the left wing, under command of Captain John Falconer, the enemy fired on us, killing one, private John Downie, of the eighth company.
At the same time the right wing captured a prisoner, who was wounded, and who had on when captured a Major's shoulder straps.
His name is Hobbs, of Colonel Stewart's Cavalry regiment.
Having successfully accomplished the mission we were ordered on — the prevention of the pickets at Lewinsville being reinforced — and the enemy having retreated, and the alarm being sounded in all the enemy's camps in the neigh-borhood, we left our position, and arrived in camp by way of Langley at half-past 10 o'clock A. M. The lowest estimate of the enemy's loss is four killed, two wounded, and one prisoner.
Much of the success of the expedition is owing to the