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News report on military activities near Upton's Hill.


A correspondent's account on both Union and Confederate military activities in the Falls Church area. Describes troop movements and small engagements. Interesting article on soldier pay scales.


The Plymouth Weekly Democrat


October 3, 1861


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Special to the Chicago Times. Washington, Sept 30.

The movement on Munson's Hill is not a movement towards Richmond, or even immediately towards Manassas; but simply an extension of the line of our army, and the filling up of vacated camps by fresh regiments.- Our lines now extend to Fall's Church, Lewinsville, and Springfield. Reconnaissance to Fairfax discover the Confederates in force there. The Confederate force on the Upper Potomac has not been increased. The Confederate force on the Lower Potomac, and along the Occoquan River, is strong. Gen. McClellan remained in Washington this morning. One Confederate Regiment, of Johnston's force, made a reconnaissance this morning at the Falls of the Potomac. The Pennsylvania battery, on this side, opened on them; whereupon they retired. This was the great battle reported today. There was no design, on Johnston's part to cross the river. The river is very high. Secretary Chase and his financial estimates have occupied the attention of the President and Cabinet all day. It was proved to a demonstration that it will require nine years of war to create a national debt equal to that of France. The design of the Confederates in abandoning Munson's Hill, is undoubtedly to draw us on to Manassas; but every step that General McCIellan advances he fortifies. Reconnaissance made to-day indicate that a large portion of the Confederate army are along Bull Run and Occoquan River, and at the batteries of the Potomac. Munson's, Mason's and Upton's Hills are all being fortified by the Unionists. Commissary Gen. Gibson died here to day, aged 85 years.

Washington, 30.

The position of the Federal army is about the same as yesterday. It appears that that rebels evacuated Fall's Church the day before our troops occupied it. The Federal pickets now occupy one end of the village, and the rebels the other, about a quarter of a mile apart. Fresh rebel earthworks are being thrown up, commanding the village.



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