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States Congress. The Administration expect two grand battles to-day or to-morrow. One between Gen. Wise's and Gen. McClelland's armies at Huttonsville, forty miles from Phillippi; and the other between the forces of Generals Patterson and Johnston, near Martinsburg. Baltimore Exchange The forces under the respective commanders is believed to be about as follows: McClelland20,020 Wise11,000 Patterson23,000 Johnston16,000 The usurped, or Western Virginia GovernmeJohnston16,000 The usurped, or Western Virginia Government, were about to disorganize to-day for want of means. But I believe they have managed to steal a considerable sum from the State proper, which, together with an enormous tax on the Yankee squatters in the Panhandle, will keep them going for a few weeks. Governor (?) Pierpont has taken $27,000 which was deposited by the State in the Exchange Bank of Virginia, at Weston, Lewis county. There is a law in the State known as the "law for the distribution of the proceeds of the sale of public land
roops to that portion of Maryland, but the result is not known Mr. Valiandigham declared, in the Democratic caucus last night, that he preferred peace to the preservation of the Union. Col. Taylor has arrived in Washington with a flag of truce. A thousand rumors are a float in reference to his mission, but it is believed that it refers to an exchange of prisoners. It is stated that Gen. Scott is in hourly expectation of intelligence of a battle between Generals Patterson and Johnston, at Edwards' Ferry The Government has sent reinforcements When the courier left for assistance two Federalists were dead. At Buckhannon, Capt.Barrett's company, of the Ninth Ohio Regiment, was paraded before the regiment, disarmed, and ordered home, for outrages committed under the command of Lieut. Stratton. Eight privates after intercession with Gen. McClellan, had their arms restored. Several of the culprits were sent to Columbus. The extreme hot weather checks military m
War movements reported at Washington. Washington, July 9. --Col. Stone's command has joined that of Gen. Patterson, and all are pushing ahead. Gen. Johnston's forces have evidently been reinforced. There are many reports of battles having occurred, but there is no confirmation of such reports at the War Department here. Gen. Patterson's communications with the War Department have been very irregularly received within the past sixty hours. Much dissatisfaction, anxit are exhibited in regard to General Patterson's advance in to Virginia. Gen. Beauregard has felled the forests around Manassas, and is guarding the approaches. It is believed here (in Washington,) that Gen. Beauregard is sending reinforcements to Gen. Johnston. Gen. McClellan's forces are moving towards the Cumberland Gap. The East Tennessee and Confederate troops are again entering the lines at Falls Church. The Federal steamer Pocahontas is anchored off Mathias' Point.
Correspondence of the Richmond Dispatch,Gen. Johnston's return to Winchester. Winchester, July 8, 1861. Gen. Johnston's forces fell back from Darkesville, Gen. Johnston's forces fell back from Darkesville, Berkeley county, to this place (Winchester) yesterday, (Sunday,) and are now at their old quarters around the town. They stood at Darkesville--six miles from the ennd about an equal number are here from some of the Valley counties above. Johnston may desire reinforcements, although I do not think so, before an attack. r twenty thousand, and probably not more than fifteen thousand. P. S.--Gen. Johnston, in a note, invites Cadwallader to come out of Martinsburg. --The invitation was declined. Johnston told him that he (Cadwallader) had a superior force (in numbers) and ought, therefore, to be willing to give him a fair fight. Johnston alsJohnston also told him that he had gentlemen to pit against his canaille, and he did not intend to expose them unnecessarily. It was a complete, a cowardly back out on the part
From Martinsburg. Baltimore, July 8. --A letter was received here to-day, dated at Martinsburg, July 6th, in which it is stated that Capt. Doubleday and the Rhode Island battery had arrived--Gen. Patterson's entire army is encamped there. No forward movement had taken place. The same latter says that Gen. Johnston had been reinforced by 7,000 men from Manassas, and had taken a position for a fight.