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e Federal force attacked and surrounded Hill, who maintained his position with changing fortune until night when he was reinforced by Longstreet's division. The next day the fight was renewed, and the heavy columns of McClellan driven three three miles from the battle-field. The troops under Gen. Hill are said to have suffered considerably, but our loss is thought to be heavier in prisoners than in killed and wounded. The Federal loss is also said to have been terribly heavy. Col. Francis H. Smith, in a letter to Governor Letcher under date of the 16th inst., writes of this battle as follows: It is reported that an engagement took place near Boonsboro. It is said the enemy were repulsed twice, with a loss of 5,000 in killed and wounded. Our loss was heavy. Our troops fell back towards the Potomac from reasons that can be easily conjectured, Jackson will now recross the Potomac at Harper's Ferry, circumvent the enemy, if he has had the temerity to follow our advanced co
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m fifteen hundred to two thousand. Of our losses we are not apprised, but judge from reports that Gen. Jackson's column suffered pretty heavily. In Walker's division we had five killed, three of these by the accidental explosion of a shell. Among the killed in this division we have heard the name of Lieut. Robertson, of French's battery. Latter. Since the above was written we have received the following additional particulars contained in a letter to Gov. Letcher, from Col. Francis H. Smith: Winchester, Sept. 16--After the advance of our army to Frederick, and the issuing of the admirable proclamation to the people of Maryland by Lee, a movement took place with our troops, seemingly in the direction of Pennsylvania, but really for an important movement into Virginia. After sending a portion of his troops to occupy and hold the Maryland Heights, Gen. Jackson was directed by Gen. Lee to recross the Potomac at Williamsport, take possession of Martinsburg, and then pa