The battle before Richmond, on last Sunday, is proved to have been a much more important affair than was at first supposed. It seems too to have been decidedly in favor of the Union army. The rebel loss, left on the field, was 1,200 dead. Gen. McClellan is gradually tightening his lines around the doomed rebel Capital, and, if it is not yet ours, its fall seems to be very near at hand.
The forces of Stonewall Jackson, which drove Gen. Banks' remnant of an army so persistently to the Potomac, are in tight quarters, and have already met with severe reverses. If between Gen. Banks, Gen. Fremont, Gen. Shields and Gen. McDowell, they escape from a total defeat or capture, is more than now seems probable.
What has become of Beauregard's army since the sudden evacuation of Corinth is the question now under discussion. His forces seem to have scattered. Some have gone to Grand Junction, some to Oklana, and some, it is said, even to Richmond. Gen. Halleck, however, denies the latter statement. What will be the next move of the Union army remains to be seen. The capture of Memphis and the opening of the Mississippi, however, now are inevitable.