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entertained no doubt of victory in the final conflict. But we yielded to the pressure of a stern military necessity, and to prevent our being cut off at Gauley Bridge by a large detachment or McClellan's army, rapidly advancing from Weston, by Bulltown, Birch Mountain, Sutton and Summersville, to Gauley. The disastrous defeat of the Northwestern army and the death, or General Garnett left the enemy free to move upon our rear, and we could not reject the alternative of retreat. General Wise hial" language: "We have official advices this morning that Gen. Cox has taken possession of Gauley Bridge, Wise having retreated in haste, leaving behind him one thousand muskets, and other traps. We had supposed that the force marched to Bulltown from Beverly was intended to out off the retreat of Wise; but if so, this piece of 'strategy' has proved a failure." How thoroughly their army itself was imbued with this idea of trapping, and capturing, or annihilating Wise and his rebels