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and the Ohio river. On the 15th and 16th Gen. Floyd was industriously occupied throwing up field-works to the westward of the summit of Big Sewell. The position, however, was not one tenable against a superior force, and this Gen. Floyd seems to have found out. On the night of the 16th to the 17th he made a very precipitate retreat from the Big Sewell with about 3,000 men to Meadow Bluff, destroying much baggage and abandoning much provision. His troops were under the impression that Gen. Rosencranz was pressing on with 15,000 men. After passing the Wise Legion he ordered General Wise, on the following day, to prepare to cover his rear and to follow him to Meadow Bluff, having information that the enemy was advancing one column by the Wilderness road. It was impossible for General Wise to comply with both orders, even had they been positive, and in fact one was not executable at all. It was only by maintaining its position at all hazards that the Legion could protect the rear
uckle on their armor and march to aid in establishing the liberty and independence of the South. The "Cadets" may well congratulate themselves upon their good fortune of securing the services of Capt. Laurens, whose military experience in the Mexican war eminently qualifies him for the position he now occupies, and I bespeak for this corps, as well as those that have preceded them, a good account of themselves should they ever come in contact with any of Lincoln's hirelings. The glorious news of the brilliant victory of Gen. Price and his forces at Lexington, Mo., reached us yesterday, and caused much rejoicing among our citizens; and ere long, perchance, we shall hear that the combined forces of Floyd, Lee, and Wise, have had a battle in Western Virginia; and if such should be a fact, I trust it will result in the complete annihilation of Rosencranz and his entire army. The weather is now quite cool, and thick clothing and comfortable fires are in great demand. Rambler.