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From Gen. Lee's Army — the enemy also across the Potomac-fight near Charlestown.

From a gentleman who came down on the Central train last night we gather the following particulars of affairs in the lower Valley:

On Monday evening it was ascertained that the enemy were crossing the Potomac in heavy force, at a number of different fords between Williamsport, where the right of our army rested, and Edwards's Ferry, near Leesburg. During the afternoon of Monday, a portion of their forces which had crossed at Harper's Ferry, engaged the 12th Va. cavalry at Halltown, four miles from the river. In this engagement, Col. A. W. Harman, who commanded the 12th, was severely wounded. Finding themselves opposed by a vastly superior force, the regiment fell back, and the enemy advanced as far, and occupied Charlestown that night.

At the same time a heavy column of the enemy crossed the river at Shepherdstown, 12 miles above Harper's Ferry, and another column at Point of Rocks, 9 miles below. It is also reported that a considerable force was thrown across the river at Edwards's Ferry.

On learning that the enemy were thus attempting to gain his rear, Gen. Lee at once commenced the passage of the river at Williamsport and Falling Waters, and throughout the entire night of Monday, his army was engaged in crossing the Potomac, still somewhat swollen by the recent rains. Early the next morning the last of our troops reached the Virginia shore, and moved on in the direction of Winchester. The last heard from our army it was in line of battle at Banker Hill, midway between Winchester and Martinsburg.

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