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ALEXANDRIA, VA., MONDAY EVENING, JUNE 8, 1868. Number V U i > L1SI IK r> ( D AIL Y ) B Y EI ? 0 A It S NO WD EN, Jr. ?,??- <) FPIGE?No. 104 King street, over S.oii (formerly French's) Book Store. ARM V OF THE POTOMAC. Washington, June 7.?The N. Y. Times' special dispatch from the army of' the Poto n;ae, dated the 6th insfc., gives the particulars of the crossing of the Rappahannock, and says: ?.y.jsterday at noon, and very unexpectedly ir. everybody, the engineer brigade was order ed to the Rappahannock with pontoon bridges and ordered to proceed with the construction of two bridges across the river at a point known as Franklin's Crossing, just below the month of Beep run, and one mile below Fred ericksburg. The batteries from the sixth corps, under charge of Col. Tompkins, were likewise ordered to cover the engineers in their work, and Howe's division of infantry was or dered to the spot to support the _ engineers, and push across as soon as the bridges were (aid. The only Confederate force visible was a double line of pickets, who lounged about, watching the operations -closely. About 5o: elo?k the engineers commenced unloading the pontoons, whereupon the Confederates got into their rifle-pits and began picking off the Fed erals. The artillery, some twenty guns or more, immediately opened with shell, and for i'VO hours kept up a vigorous cannonade, with little effect, however, upon the Confederate sharpshooters. It became necessary to storm the rifle pits, and at half-past six o'clock the :>Gth New Jersey, Col. Morrison, of Colonel Grant's brigade, were ordered into the boats. They at once pushed across the river under a severe tire, and landing on the opposite side rashed upon the pits with cheers. The Con federates vacated the pits and retreated. The Federals instantly deployed as skirmish es, and hi a short time some sixty of the Sec o-.)d Florida Regiment were brought in as prisoners. Other regiments of the Vermont brigade soon followed in boats, until nearly the whole of the brigades were over. Soon as (he-firing ceased the engineers began work at il>6 bridges, and at 9 P. M. had one completed aid the remainder of Gen. Hines's division passed over. The Federals had only five kill .V. and about twenty-five wounded. The Federal forces advanced cautiously across the plain, deploying skirmishers, the right, resting on Deep run, and the left in the vicinity of Bernard's house. By dark the jicad reached Bowling Green road, and posted .whets for the night well out to vards the foot u Timber crock, on which the Confederates nave their strong earthworks. The Confeder ates were not discovered in force last night, ihough the prisoners stated that the Federals ?vould soon meet them if they kept on advan This morning enough was ascertained to lo cate the greater portion of the Confederate iorces. Nearly 100 prisoners, including one major were captured. The crossing took the Confederates greatly by surprise, and during the night G en. Lee marched two corps back from the vicinity of Salem Church to a posi tion in front of the lines, and G en. Longstreet s corps reinforced the troops in Fredericksburg, and they slept on their arms last night. This morning they moved in a southerly direction. A dispatch from Washington dated the 6th inst says:?''Whatever may have been the condition of affairs on either side of the llap i'fthannoek for the last two days, it is known ?\at the Federal army to-night was on t his U" of the river WAR NEWS. A Charleston, (S. C.) dispatch gives a brief account of another movement of' the . Federal forces on the coast. The town ofBluffton was entered and burned on Thursday last, and at Combahee a million dollars' worth of property was destroyed, and one thousand negroes car j ried oft'. Bluffton is on the main land, south I of Pickrey Island, and Combahee is on the river of that name, ten miles from the Char leston and Savannah railroad. The Confederates who were repulsed in their attack on Franklin, Tenn., on Thursday last, again entered the town on Friday and were again driven back and some fifty taken prison ers. A Cincinnati dispatch reports very im portant movements of troops, but gives no particulars. The Western papers report the names of a number of steamboats passing down the Mississippi with reinforcements for General Grant. The Richmond papers say that confidence in Gen. Pemberton is universally felt in the South. Col. Fitzpatrick's cavalry has joined the ar my of the Potomac bringing up five hnndred horses and mules, and two hundred and_ fifty contrabands from the Northern neck of the Rappahannock. He also _ captured Major Stokes, of the 14th Virginia regiment, and Lieutenant Wilhelm of the Baltimore Light Artillery. Overland Emmigraxion.?The steamer "NellieRogers,'1 "Alone"' and "Robert Camp i bell," which left St. Louis, Missouri, Ma} | 9th, with a large amount of freight and seve ral hundred passengers, en route for Fort Benton, (which is at the head of steamboat navigation on the Upper Missouri river, and which now lies in the newly organized terri tory of Idaho,) arrived _at Sioux City, Iowa, on the 27th of' May. No difficulty upon the route up to this point had been experienced, except from the stage of water in the river, causing much trouble in crossing numerous sandbars. The most of the passengers are on their way to the territories of Idaho and Washington, to go into the gold mines; other? will turn their attention to agricultural pursuits. A correspondent states that while at Oma ha, N. T., on the Missouri, he learned that some fifty thousand persons would leave that point this summer, overland, for California, Oregon, and the territories on the "Pacific slope." Among the passengers for Fort Ben I ton is the Rev. Father Be Semet, who is well known throughout the country in connection with the early establishment of the Catholic missions among the Indians in Oregon. It may not be generally known that all the army orders, circulars, blank forms, envelopes, &c., for the Army of the Potomac are printed at headquarters, two small portable presses and a sufficiency of type, occupying very small space, being provided for the purpose. A two horse wagon, when necessary, removes the entire establishment. This department of the Adjutant General's office is under charge of Lieutenant Brown, of the late 23d New York Volunteers, an excellent printer. Five assist ants are generally kept busy. Col. Saml. T. Harrison, of Queen Anne's j county, Md., died suddenly, in Smyrna, Bel., ' on the 3d inst. He was a State Senator from Queon Anne's at the time of his death, DEFERRED ITEMS. A va-y strong eddy in the great tide of ' movements at the North, sets in the direction of Newport, where all the cottages are even now taken, and the best apartments in (lie hotels are already secured. They have the dog-show mania in England, j it seems, as well as in Paris and in New lrovk. j The Prince of Wales was one ol the exhibit ors at the International Dog Show in Isling ton, the town in England, where "at the Bell, John Gilpin first got down." The Prince ui ? tered three couples of his pack of terriers. Comparatively speaking, the health of the TJ. S. army is good. Diarrhea is the prevail ing disease, and medical reports show that the character of the water is the cause. Where it is good, the disease is not found to any extent. A company is being formed in Paris for the manufacture of an artificial manure, of wh ich the Estramadura phosphate will form a chief element, a contract for its supply having been made with the owner of the quarries. _ The substance is represented as of extraordinary richness. The lighting of the French capital, it is stated is to be intrusted to M. J. Van Malder an, who has invented a new electric light, one jet of which is equal to 2,300 jets of' gas. The Prince of Wales, accompanied by Prince Louis, of Hesse, recently paid a visit to the office of the London Times, and inspected with much interest the processes by which that journal is prepared for publication. Randolph Rogers, the sculptor, has left Cincinnati for Italy, taking with him orders for work to the amount of'$22,000. Nine of the eleven cotton mills and the three print works at Fall River, Mass., have stopped running. It is stated that the sum of $855,293, the proceeds of prize vessels, is now ready to be distributed to the officers, seamen and marines entitled to receive it. They are directed to present their claims to the paymaster on whos? books their names are borne, for payment. Among the wounded at Vicksburg is Colonel Cradelbaugli, of the 114th Ohio Volunteers.? He was a delegate in the late House of Repre sentatives from Nevada, and made a start ling expose of the Mormon outrages. The New York Herald says:?"There are | many and great indications of the commence | ment of a powerful reaction in the public mind [ on the subject of the war and the questions i out of which it arose." | Rev. S. T. Hunting, chaplain of the | Twenty-seventh Michigan regiment, has been "dishonorably dismissed the service of the U. S." by Gen. Burnside. he "havingstrange ly forgotten his clerical character, as wel! as his duties as an officer, by countenancing in his regiment resistance to a lawful order- of a su ] perior officer, and having written a letttcr to | a civilian in which he desires him to appeal to | popular assemblages to support his presump j tiveand mutinous spirit." The "Hunkers" of Pa., at their recent an ! nual assembly at Morrison's Grove, referred the subject of conscription to a committee i which reported in favor of sustaining the Gov ernment and obeying the laws, notwithstand : ing the non-resistant, principles of the denomi nation.