The news from the two armies now confronting each other in Northern Virginia
's corps, which was reported to have been out all, and moving up the Valley
, is represented to have crossed the mountain in safety, and is now, with the main body of our army, on the eastern side of the Blue Range
On the 23d inst., a pretty severe fight occurred at Manassas Gap, between Wright
's brigade of Georgians and a force of 6,000 to 8,000 of the enemy.
This brigade constituted the advance of Ewell
's corps, and on arriving in the vicinity of the Gap
it was ascertained that a superior force of the enemy held the mountain pass.
It was determined by the commandant of the brigade not to make an attack until the corps came up. Whilst waiting for our forces to arrive the enemy sallied forth and attacked the brigade, and forced it to retire.
Our men fought with spirit, and inflicted heavy loss on the enemy.
Our loss was about 200 killed, wounded, and missing. Col. Walker
, of the 3d Ga. regiment, who was wounded in the fight, arrived in this city yesterday afternoon.
Our advices from the Valley
state that the enemy, in small force, occupied Winchester
on Sunday morning. Their force there is represented to be entirely of cavalry.
On Monday a party of Federal cavalry came to Hartford Church, in Stafford county
, about five miles from Fredericksburg
, on a reconnaissance.
Their main body was in the county, and a portion of it was near the Culpeper county
line, somewhere in the vicinity of Raccoon Ford
The main body of this party is supposed to be Sedgwick
Our informant states that Stafford county
is "full of Yankees."