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What the rebels said they captured.

Memphis, Tenn.--The serious results of the victory have been ascertained at the War Department to be sixty-nine pieces of artillery, 23,000 stand of arms, 800 wagons laden with stores and munitions of war, and a quantity of provisions so huge as to appear almost incredible. Never dreaming of defeat, and only occupied with the advance of their grand army, the liberal commissariat for their immense forces had converted the town of Centreville, distant five or six miles from the battle, into one great warehouse for provisions and army stores.

The provisions of every kind captured at this grand depository are sufficient, the President asserts, to feed an army of fifty thousand men for a whole campaign. To save their immense wealth of stores, it was at Centreville that McDowell attempted to rally his flying army. A large division of fresh troops, with heavy guns in position, met the remnants of his vanquished forces, and forced them into a momentary halt; but so demoralized were his men, that at sight of our pursuing columns, they again scattered, and were chased like hares from their lost position; nor did our cavalry cease from their bloody business of cutting up and riding down the cowardly hounds until within four miles of Arlington Heights.

At this place (Centreville) our troops had the good luck to find a large table spread with a sumptuous dinner, and almost untouched, as the rout, which commenced about the fashionable hour for a dining feast, had left but poor stomachs for digesting rich food.

A correspondent from Manassas has just shown me a number of bills of fare for the dinners to which McDowell had invited his friends to enjoy with him on the route to Richmond, indicating that they expected to repose a short time at Fairfax. Court House, Manassas, and other convenient localities on the way.

The bills of fare are mostly in French, and quite costly as to the cuisine. Twenty-five baskets of champagne and a dozen of claret were also found at Centreville — the centre of “good things ;” and a soldier who was present has just informed me, that when our brave hungry boys arrived at the village and took possession, they at once commenced a sad havoc upon these delicious drinkables, during which a sprightly officer in one of the Rappahannock companies, named Hopper, mounted upon the table, (then relieved some-what of its load,) and proposed the following impromptu toast :--“Our sincere thanks to the gouty old Scott; may his captured batteries soon send a shower of grape from which he can fill his wine bottles.” It is needless to add, that our lieutenant was vociferously cheered, and the boys, out of respect for the great man's memory, drank standing and in silence.--Memphis Argus, July 29.

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