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The campaign in Northwest Virginia. --Without presuming to criticise the plan of campaign for Western Virginia which our able military authorities decided upon in the outset, we think it has been rendered pretty clear by the course of events, that we have made a mistake in sending so large a force in the direction of Monterey and Huttonsville, to be penned up in the Cheat and Valley Mountains, and in sending so small a force in the direction of Lewisburg, to be outnumbered and checked first by Cox, and now by Rosencranz and Cox combined. The possession of the Kanawha Valley would itself have justified the sending of a much larger column in that direction than we have done; and now, the march of Rosencranz due South from Clarksburg against Floyd, on the Ganley, has shown that if we had sent to Lewisburg the main portion of troops which went to the vicinity of Hottonsville and Monterey, they could have marched upon Clarksburg and Grafton and the Northwestern Railroad, in that dire
s gentleman explains the telegraph of Saturday about the movements of our forces. A part of General Jackson's command, under Cols. Rust and Taliaferro, and a force from Gen. Lee's camp, under Col. Anderson, marched simultaneously, in early part of last week, towards the fortification of the Federalists on the Parkersburg road, on the top of Cheat Mountain, a fatiguing march, the force under Cols. Rust and Taliaferro approached the of the fort, shot several pickets, and few prisoners, but deeming, after reconnoitering it, an attack on the fort injudius they returned to camp, reaching it very much fatigued on Saturday. The force Major Col. Anderson did not join them. It encountered a body of Federalists at the foot of the mountain, on the west side, as stated by the telegraph, and probably did not the mountain. Gen. Lee's main force had not moved from the camp at Valley Mountain, and, therefore, all speculation about his marching to in the rear of Rosencranz is at fault.