ming a junction with the column that was repulsed on the Brook turnpike.
If it be true that any portion of them crossed the James River — which was doubted at the War Office--the design doubtless is, in conjunction with those approaching on the Westham road, to attempt the release of the prisoners on Belle Islland.
About nightfall, musketry-firing was heard on the plank-road, supposed to be about five miles distant from the city, and as a body of our troops had been sent in that direction, thiring was heard in the direction of Meadow Bridges or Mechanicsville, which continued half an hour.
It proceeded, doubtless, from the column that retreated in that direction.
It was reported that a skirmish occurred earlier in the night on the Westham road, in which the enemy charged Hurley's battalion and the Twenty-eighth Virginia regiment, who were in charge of the main body, and were repulsed.
We heard of no casualties.
An official communication received last night, expresses the opin