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The Daily Dispatch: September 2, 1862., [Electronic resource], From our army on the Rappahannock — interesting diary — Executions on the route. (search)
of the Rappahannock, and endeavor to prevent our crossing. Lee is pressing them with great pertinacity. August 23, Saturday.--Twenty-eight miles from Manassas. Four miles from the Rappahannock.--It is now half-past 6 o'clock A. M., and heavy cannonading has commenced upon the front.--Jackson is reported to have sent word to Lee that he is in possession of Warrenton Springs, fifteen miles to the left of Longstreet. Ewell is also said to have crossed the river above the enemy. Two bridges across Cedar Run and the Rapidan having been burned by the enemy, we cannot use the railroad until they have been rebuilt. One of the prisoners states that the iron and materials for the purpose are always near them, and it is understood that the work of reconstruction is rapidly going forward. If this be true, the army can soon be subsisted more conveniently even than at Manassas.--There are no fortifications around Warrenton, but the position is naturally strong for either friend or foe.
ouraging character. Passengers from Virginia, who reached Washington yesterday, report that there was an engagement at Warrenton on Monday, in which our forces were successful, having driven the enemy out of the town. We infer from this that the rebels have been making strenuous efforts to turn our right flank, as Warrenton is some distance this side of the Rappahannock. Our dispatch further states, however, that the rebel forces which have been engaged in the recent skirmishes are mainly cavalry, and it is probable that the force at Warrenton was of this character, and was not very formidable.--Heavy rain occurred on Friday afternoon and night, and continued through Saturday in the vicinity of the Upper Rappahannock. 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 throug