The conduct of the enemy has been marvellous and even a musing.
The bombardment of Pensacola proved to be a ridiculous failure.
Nothing has been effected beyond mere landing and entrenching at Port Royal.
Evansport has not been bombarded; and the recollection of Leesburg, has taught McClellan and his army at Alexandria, that discretion which is the better part of valor.
Rosencranz has gone off with all but two of his regiments from the Kanawha to winter in Wheeling; first putting Gen. West Point Benham under arrest for failing to capture Floyd's twenty-two hundred men with five to seven thousand.
Nelson, frightened by the daring and gallant expedition of our cavalry against Guyandotte took a sudden and headlong retreat from the vicinity of Pound Gap, dropping several of his cannon, drowning many of his horses in the river, and leaving tents, baggage, and supplies in glorious confusion all along the path of his unpursued retreat.
The enemy's force before Zollicoffer caught
loyd and cut off his retreat.
Three brigades, embracing a force superior in numbers, were detailed for that purpose.
Gen. Benham was commanded to cross the river below Floyd, while Cox and Schenck were to cross above, and blockade the only roads leading to the South.
At a given signal the three divisions were to advance and give battle.
Benham's brigade crossed the river, and were in bivouac five days, waiting for orders to march.
At last those orders were received, and Benham advanced to Benham advanced to the rebel camp.
He gave the signals agreed upon, and received answers from the other brigades that all was right, yet when he reached the rebel camp he found it freshly deserted.
The other brigades had failed in their movements, and Floyd, taking aed through the unobstructed read before him. It has since transpired that but for a fortunate night's rest, ordered by Gen. Benham, his brigade would have been precipitated upon Floyd's whole force, and, cut off from all aid, might have been annihil