DETAILS OF THE GREAT BATTLES!
JACKSON FORCES HIS WAY THRO' THE FEDERAL ARMY, AND FORMS A JUNCTION WITH THE CONFEDERATE FORCES!
TERRIBLE FIGHTING AND FEARFUL LOSS OF LIFE!
CITY POINT DESTROYED BY THE FEDERAL FLEET!
LEXINGTON, Ky., EVACUATED BY THE FEDERALS!
ALL GOVERNMENT STORES REMOVED TO LOUISVILLE!
CINCINNATI, COVINGTON AND NEWPORT UNDER MARTIAL LAW!
GEN. LEW WALLACE IN COMMAND!
All Business Suspended, and Preparations being made to Defend Cincinnati!
THE WHOLE REBEL FORCE IN VIRGINIA SURROUNDED BY OUR TROOPS
GEN. EWELL KILLED, AND GEN. JACKSON WOUNDED!
GEN. POPE EXAGGERATES THE LOSSES ON BOTH SIDES.
Paris, Ky., Evacuated!
OUR TROOPS FALL BACK TO CYNTHIANA!
FIGHTING GOING ON ALL DAY YESTERDAY!
THE ENEMY FALLING BACK!
Telegraphed to the Rock Island Argus.
ALEXANDRIA, Aug. 31. — The following is by mail:
According to all accounts, Jackson yesterday succeeded in forcing his way through the federal troops surrounding him, and effected a junction with the remainder of the Confederate forces.
If he did accomplish this, it was not done without fearful loss on both sides, as the most desperate fighting must have taken place.
From all that can be learned in the absence of any regular report, the corps of McDowell, Heintzelman, Porter and Sigel were engaged, the former having the left, the latter the right and others operating about the centre.
The principal part seems to have been on the left and centre.
The left was thrown up from Manassas Junction towards Thoroughfare Gap, the right at about Centreville, and the centre on the old Bull Run battle-field.
The fight was commenced by the enemy opening his batteries on the left between 1 and 2 o'clock in the afternoon.
Their guns were strongly posted upon a ridge, while our batteries had to fire from the open field. Gen. Morrill's division supported our batteries at this point.
After some severe cannonading, Gen. Buford's cavalry brigade, comprising the 1st Michigan, 1st Virginia and 1st Vermont, were ordered to our extreme left to reconnoiter and turn our left flank, which movement was threatened by the enemy.
Riding beyond our left, where our infantry were formed close behind our batteries, which were playing on the enemy with great precision, while our troops were cheering vociferously, our cavalry reached a slight eminence, and were about to send out a detachment to explore, when the enemy was seen coming up in force along the line of the adjacent woods — a rebel battery was seen to move 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 up to take position, and soon other rebel batteries were brought up and opened on our left, and our cavalry were forced to retire 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 sabers of our cavalry were drawn to meet the coming foe. The squadron proved to be friends, the 4th N. Y. cavalry. Where they had come from, as Gen. Sigel was on the right, was and is a mystery.
They reported the rebel cavalry under Stewart, 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 the, the rebel cavalry discharged double barreled shot guns, and then met us in full charge.
Our men broke their line and pursued them. The rebels rallied in splendid style and dashed forward to meet the charge again, but their line was broken, and as our cavalry was preparing to charge again the rebels opened upon them from their batteries and musketry, compelling them to retire.