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From Washington.
the naval expedition.

Washington Nov. 12.
--The indications are, that the Administration will act with promptness in maintaining whatever success the naval expedition may have already achieved in the neighborhood of Beaufort. As at the commencement of the preparations studied silence was observed in official quarters, so now there is apparently no disposition to speak of present or prospective movements in that connection.

Official advices from Europe.

Washington, Nov. 12.
--The official advices from Europe, just received, show a strengthening of the belief in the restoration of the authority of the Union, and increased confidence that the Government will be able to re-establish its authority, and especially gratifying. In these respects, is the news from England.

Generals Halleck and Burt Coning West--military Wedding.

Washington, Nov. 12.
--Generals Halleck, and Buel leave to-morrow for the West, to enter upon their respective military Departments.

Col. Wheston, commanding a volunteer regiment, was married to-night to the daughter of the late Gen. Mason at the residence of Gen. Buel.

Among the guests were Secretary Cameron, Generals McClellan, Heinizleman, Mags, McDowell, Van Vheit, and other Generals of high rank. It was throughout a brilliant assemblage.

From the South side of the Potomac — a reconnaissance in force.

Washington. Nov. 12
--From officers who have arrived here, it is ascertained that a reconnaissance in force of 16,000 men was made at an early hour this morning in a Southern direction from Alexandria.

Two thousand rebels arrived near Acco ink creek yesterday with the main body of their my.

A reconnaissance in force across the Potomac.

Washington, Nov. 12, A. M.
--Sex regiments of infantry, two batteries of artillery and three companies of cavalry, under command of General Heinzelman, made a reconnaissance to day as for as Occoquan Creek, about 25 miles from Washington, or 18 miles from Alexandria. They started at four o'clock this morning and returned late this evening.

The entire force first went to Pohick Church, and there divided, a portion taking the telegraph road to Surk's Station, on the Orange and Alexandria Railroad, the other a road to a point on the Occoquan Creek, about three miles from the Potomac river. The latter crossed Pohick and Accotirick creeks, and reached Occoquan without meeting with any opposition.

Captain Todd's company of Lincoln Cavalry, which was with the party that went in the direction of Bark's Station, was sent out to make a reconnaissance in advance of the infantry, and when several miles from the other part of the division they were suddenly surrounded by a large number of rebels who had been concealed in the woods. Their only hope of escape, therefore, was by cutting their way through, and skirmish accordingly occurred, the cavalry effecting their purpose, but with a loss of three men killed, one wounded and three taken prisoners, including, it is supposed, in the last named, Capt. Todd, who had ventured at least a quarter of a mile in advance of his command.

The object of the reconnaissance having been accomplished Gen. Heintzedman ordered the troops to return to their encampments.

Last night four hundred rebel cavalry reached Pohick Church, but left before the arrival of Gen. Heintzeiman's to-day.

From the lower Potomac

Washington, Nov. 12.
--The steamer CŒur de Lion has returned h. Navy-Yard from the flotilla, and reports affair shown the Potomac as unchanged. The rebel steamer George Page still harocks in Quantico Creek, and may be seen from Budd's Ferry. Taree schooners ran the blockade in open day yesterday. They came above the Confederate batteries about 11 o'clock in the morning, when the rebels opened their fire upon them. They sailed closely up the Swash channer the Maryland shore, and although forty-three rounds wore fired at them they all three escaped u touched. Most of the shell fired were apparently from rifled guns and struck on the Maryland shore.

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