The Late Great Battles in Virginia.

Six Federal Generals Killed!

OUR LOSS STATED AT 12,000 TO 15,000.



A special dispatch from Washington to Forney's Press says: Gens. Patrick, Duryea, and Tower are slightly wounded; Col. Keltz, 73 Pennsylvania; Lieut. Col. McLane, 88th Pennsylvania; Col. O'Connor, 2d Wisconsin; and Captain Francis Shellin, 12th Pennsylvania Reserves, were all killed.

The correspondence of the Press says: The rebels occupy the outer extremity of the old Bull Run battle field at present, their front being now at the farthest point on the old battle ground. They hold their old rifle pits, and they are bold and impudent.

Our army was reinforced to-day by at least sixty thousand of the most effective men we have in the field, including Gens. Franklin's, Sumner's, Porter's, Richardson's, Sedgwick's, and Cox's divisions, the latter Ohio veterans from Western Virginia, together with Gen. Sturges' division of Pennsylvania troops of the new levies — the 123d, 124th, 125th, 126th, 127th, and 129th. The latter marched from the various camps near Washington this morning, where they have been lately located, and hence they can safely be spared.

Eight hundred prisoners were sent forward from this point this morning to Alexandria. This makes 1,500 that have been sent to Washington. The total number of prisoners is very heavy.

Gen. Taylor's New Jersey Brigade has not been in this fight. Several hundred of its men taken prisoners are paroled. It has not suffered as much as is generally believed.

A very intelligent prisoner, a commissioned officer, told me that Stonewall Jackson made an address to his army day before yesterday, in which he urged his men to stand firm and fight to the last, for, if they were beaten, all their hopes for the Southern Confederacy would be lost. This man also reports that, in Friday's battle, Jackson made a very narrow escape from capture.

Persons supposed to be well informed say we have taken at least 17,000 prisoners from the enemy in all the engagements, but many of them were paroled on the spot and sent back.

The Inquirer's correspondent says: — Gens. Buford, Stahl, Hatch, and Coulter are reported killed.


According to all accounts, Stonewall Jackson yesterday succeeded in forcing his way through the Federal troops surrounding him, and effected a junction with the remainder of the Confederate forces. This result was not attained without fearful loss on both sides, as the most desperate fight took place.

From all that can be learned, in the absence of any regular report, the corps of McDowell, Heintzleman, Porter, and Sigel were engaged, the former having the left, the latter the right, and the others operating about the center. The principal part of the fighting seems to have been on the left and centre. The left was thrown up Manassas Junction towards Thoroughfare Gap, the right at Centreville, and the centre on the old Bull Run battle field, out from Manassas.

The action was began by the enemy opening his batteries on our left, between 1 and 2 o'clock P. M. Their guns were strongly and advantageously posted upon a ridge, while our batteries had to fire from the open plain. Gen. Morrill's division supported our batteries at this point.

After some severe cannonading, Gen. Buford's brigade of cavalry, comprising the 1st Michigan, 1st Virginia, and 1st Vermont, were ordered to our extreme left, to reconnoiter and guard against any attempt to turn our left flank, which movement was threatening by the enemy. Riding beyond our left, where our infantry were formed close behind our batteries, which were playing on the enemy with great vociferously, our cavalry reached a slight eminence, and were about to send a detachment to explore, when the enemy were seen coming up in force along the line of the adjacent wood. A rebel battery was seen to whirl into position, and then came shell into the midst of our cavalry, followed by canister and grape. Thus was discovered the intention of the enemy to attempt a flank movement. Long lines of rebel infantry could plainly be seen hurrying into position, and soon other rebel batteries came up and opened on our left.

Our cavalry, forced to retire, retreated behind a low ridge, but the clouds of dust, revealing their place of retreat, the rebels continued shelling them, and another change of position was made. Here a body of cavalry was observed riding towards the spot, and the sabres of our cavalry were drawn to meet the coming foe. The squadron proved to be friends — the 4th New York Cavalry. Where they had come from, as Gen. Sigel was on the right, was and is a mystery. They reported the rebel cavalry, under Gen. Stuart, as about making a charge. The New York cavalry fell in behind Gen. Buford's brigade, the bugles sounded, and over the hill galloped our men to meet the advancing rebels. As our men approached them the rebel cavalry discharged double-barreled shot-guns, and then met us in full charge. Our men broke the enemy's line, and pursued. — The rebels rallied in fine style, and dashed forward again to meet the charge. Again, their line was broken, and, as our cavalry was preparing to charge again, the rebels opened fire upon them from their batteries and musketry, compelling them to retire.


The following are among the casualties at the recent battles: Major May, 19th Indiana, reported killed; Col. Rose wounded severely; Col. Connell, 82d Ohio, killed; Lieut. Raff, Co. F, 61st Ohio, wounded.

Gen. Taylor, wounded in the late battle, died last night at Alexandria, at the house of Mrs. Corcoran, which has been taken for a hospital.

BOSTON, Sept. 1.

A dispatch to Gov. Andrews states that Col. Fletcher Webster, son of Daniel Webster, of the 12th Massachusetts Regiment, was mortally wounded in the battle of Saturday, and has since died.

NEW YORK, Sept. 1.

The Tribune, extra, this morning, contains a Washington letter, dated Sunday A. M. with the following details:

Nothing later than Pope's dispatch of Saturday has been received by the government this morning.

Distant firing was heard on Saturday afternoon and late in the evening. A courier arrived at Halleck's headquarters this morning with the news that Pope had fallen back to Centreville.

A staff officer, from the battle-field at five o'clock Saturday afternoon, states that the battle commenced Thursday afternoon. Sigel's corps engaged the rebel cavalry on the road from Warrenton, and drove them back. The battle lasted till 9:30 in the evening. The fight was with Jackson's rear guard, whose force was estimated at thirty thousand. On Friday morning Jackson undoubtedly formed a junction with Longstreet.

Sherman's battery opened the battle on Friday morning. Milroy's brigade led the advance, Sigel's advance formed a line of battle, with Schurz on the right, Schenck on the left and Steinwehr on the center. — The rebels were gradually forced back till 4 o'clock in the afternoon. They then suddenly and fiercely charged 'bayonets,' forcing Milroy back. Schenck sent a brigade forward, but both were driven back. Milroy's command was so badly cut up that he could not gather a regiment. — Schurz and Steinwehr were holding their own on the woods on the left of Schenck. Heavy masses of rebels appeared. Stevens' and Reynolds' division went up, and all were driven back.

The result of Friday's fighting was that we drove the rebels about two miles; then they, being heavily reinforced, recovered a mile; and our troops rested at night about a mile in advance of their morning's position.

On Saturday the battle was more general. Heintzelman, Porter, McDowell and Banks were engaged, Sigel's force being kept as a reserve.

Heintzelman commenced the attack at 10 o'clock, with Porter in the center. — The advance of the latter was checked by immense masses of rebel infantry, and his troops stood up with unparalleled heroism for over an hour, exposed to enfilading fire of grape and canister, the ground being strewn with fallen ranks of dying and dead. Finally they broke, falling back in great disorder, which caused a panic in the reserves, large numbers of them joining in the retreat.

The rebels rapidly advanced their batteries, pouring in a storm of shot and shell. The right wing was completely beaten. — McDowell advanced to their support, endeavoring to hold the center, but his movements were anticipated, and both he and Sigel were enveloped by the rebels on the left, and outnumbered at all prints. Then Gen. Sigel shone out, bringing up his brigade successfully to their position, holding them in front. While the fugitives poured by, large bodies of General McDowell's troops retreated in great disorder across Bull Run.

At 5 o'clock P. M. the battle was going against us. The last reserves were ordered up, who retrieved the day, but along the Centreville road artillery, infantry, wagons, and cavalry were confusedly falling in the rear. Our right, however, remained comparatively firm, preventing the enemy from following up his advantage, and at about half past eight o'clock Bull Run stream was crossed, the rebels troubling us only by a few sells. We were falling back to Centreville.

Franklin's corp's was between Stone Bridge and Centreville, and Sumner's corps between Centreville and Fairfax Court House, pressing on with great speed to the assistance of Pope.

The day was probably adverse to us, but the battle was to be renewed on Sunday morning with heavy reinforcement.

It is believed that the whole rebel army under General Lee has joined Gen. Jackson, by way of Thoroughfare Gap or by Alida Gap.

The above account was gleamed by the N. Y. Tribune correspondent from Capt. Fish. A later account says: Judging from reports from officers, the panic in McDowell's left wing was not very serious. — A line of soldiers was drawn up at 7 o'clock Sunday morning to stop stragglers, but none had as yet appeared. Our camps were then seen on the hill this side of Centreville.

Another correspondent says: Generals McClellan's Burnside's and Pope's armies are now in full co-operation, and complete success is looked for. Every confidence is felt at the War Department, Halleck's headquarters and the White House.


The correspondence of Forney's Press, dated near Centreville, Sunday Evening, says: Last evening about 5 o'clock, McDowell's left flank was turned by a cavalry force, 5,000 strong. McDowell's corps being on the left of our army, and the rebel cavalry being supported by infantry, McDowell's entire corps was fearful of the enemy.

According to reports of prisoners who have been taken, the enemy has been reinforced enormously, and includes the entire rebel army of the State of Virginia, numbering 250,000 men.



Yesterday morning, by order of General Pope, 148 cars and five locomotives were destroyed by fire, together with a large quantity of ammunition and stores, at Bristow's Station. The empty cars and engines alone were worth $185,000. The rebels burned two engines and forty eight cars at the same place on Sunday night.

It is said that within the last twenty-four hours the enemy has fallen back to a new line of defence.

A Lieutenant who was captured says that 150,000 rebels attempted to get through. Thoroughfare Gap, but that only 100,000 were able to do so. The forces of the rebels were commanded by Ewell, Hill and Jackson.

Our divisions of Gens. King and Ricketts are fearfully cut up. The brigade of Gen. Hartsuff lost more than half of its officers. Towers' and Duryea's of the same division, also suffered severely. General Hartsuff was not in command of the brigade, but was sick in Washington.

General Banks engaged the enemy near Bristow's Station. From all that I can learn, it seems that he was attacked by a column under Gen. Lee in person, moving from the direction of the Rappahannock. If so, he probably had a double task to perform — to repulse both Gen. Lee from the Rappahannock and part of Jackson's or Longstreet's forces from this side. Burnside, Banks, and Hooker seem to have had an enemy to contend with in both rear and front. It is now certain that Banks not only burned his own baggage train, but destroyed three locomotives and three trains of cars laden with ammunition and supplies. The locomotive and cars were at Bristow's Station.

Gen. Reno said, in conversation to-day, that he never saw a more daring act than one performed by the rebels on Saturday. Out of the woods on the flank of several of his batteries swarmed what appeared to be stragglers from our forces — a few at first, then more and more, until not less than a regiment or two had emerged. He was completely deceived until they were nearly upon his guns, when he caught sight of the red patch, knew them to be rebels, turned his artillery in a twinkling upon them, and destroyed almost every man.


A gentleman who returned from the battle field this morning reports that in the fight of Saturday our left wing was commanded by Gen. McDowell, but owing to the murderous enfilading fire of the rebels, he was compelled to retire. General Sigel commanded the center, and Gen. Kearney the right. It appears that our forces attacked the enemy in the woods, from which the latter opened numerous batteries, causing great slaughter. Our men, fearless and determined, fell back about a mile, leaving the dead and wounded on the field.

Our informant says that our main forces were five miles from Centreville on Sunday, in battle array, and prepared for all emergencies, having been strongly reinforced. All the wounded had been removed from the fields on Thursday and Friday, which were yesterday in our possession, though the scene of the conflict on Saturday the enemy still occupied. The cars came in this morning from the first named field, bringing many wounded, some to Alexandria and others to Washington.

Many ladies have made liberal contributions from their private stores, and have been unremitting in their attention to the wounded. In fact, the people of this District are acting nobly, and not a few men have volunteered as nurses.

Our informant, when passing through Centreville, saw thousands of stragglers at the place, men of different regiments, all mixed up together. Our informant, returning to the city this morning early, saw them all marching back to their respective regiments. They appeared cheerful, and anxious to rejoin their comrades.

When the ambulances in large numbers reached the battle field yesterday, to bring away the wounded, a stampede commenced among them, the drivers having turned the heads of their horses towards the road leading to Washington, and commenced a hasty retreat with their empty vehicles. Some frightened drivers imagined that Stuart's rebel cavalry was dashing up, and accordingly gave the alarm. The panic spread almost with the speed of electricity, and doubtless would have been prolific of serious consequences had not the guards on the roads pushed out with pointed guns, and threatened to shoot the drivers unless they returned to the field. This conduct on the part of the guard had the desired effect, as, after a while, the ambulances again reached the field, and performed their appropriate duty in bringing away the wounded.

About 1 o'clock yesterday (Sunday) evening, several trains of cars at Manassas Junction, with ammunition and stores, were burnt by the military authorities to prevent them falling into the hands of the rebels, which seemed to be imminent, the bridge of Bull Run having been destroyed by the rebels, and the property therefore being cut off from retiring to a place of safety.

By direction of the President, all the clerks and employes in the civil departments, and all the employes in the public buildings, in Washington, will be immediately organized into companies under the direction of Brig. Gen. Wadsworth, and will be armed and supplied with ammunition for the defence of the capital.

Within the past two days the prices of market provisions have nearly doubled, owing to the increased demand for them, and the country people being interrupted in their pursuits.

On Sunday morning, between 8 and 9 o'clock, fifteen of the ambulances, being in advance of the train down a hollow were captured. In all, there were 60 hacks and 230 ambulances.

About 2,200 wounded have so far been removed from the field. The movements were facilitated by Maj. W. C. Barney, of New York.

Gens. Kearney and Stevens were killed in a severe engagement which took place last evening near Chantilly, two miles from Fairfax, between a portion of Pope's army and Jackson's forces. Our loss was heavy, but the enemy was driven back a mile, and we occupied the battle field until 3 o'clock this morning.

NEW YORK, Sept. 2.

The Tribune's Washington dispatch, dated Sunday, 3 P. M., says: The anticipation that a great battle had been fought to-day (Sunday) was probably unfounded. No firing has been heard, and no news of a renewal of the contest, except that a telegram dated at Fairfax Station, 10:30 A. M., speak of heavy guns being heard in the neighborhood of Bristow Station. This is hoped in the highest quarters here to be the noise caused by the blowing up of trains by Banks, who, it is feared, is out off with his whole corps.

Five hundred rebel prisoners were at Fairfax Sation, awaiting transportation to Washington. They concur in saying, as does information from all other sources, that the whole rebel army was engaged under Lee's command. Its numbers no one of them set at less than 150,000. The prisoners also all say that they were promised an easy and speedy march into Washington. They were certainly to be there within a week.