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The Federal Army in Western Virginia. --The army of Rosencranz lately encamped on Sewell is believed to be about six or seven thousand men. But a small force, under an enterprising commander, in a country where it can readily obtain supplies, can be handled with more ease and greater effect than a large body, not as well equipped and remote from its supplies, no matter though controlled by equal skill and judgment. We had supposed that of all the defences of Virginia, her mountain ramparts would be the most reliable. We should have looked to any other part of the State except that as a vulnerable point. Cheat Mountain alone was a Gibraltar, which could be defended by a hundred men armed with rocks and branches of trees. There are other positions in the West, not of equal strength, but which could be made impregnable against any foe. The militia of the West, armed only with old-fashioned rifles, could defend many of those mountain passes against the whole Federal army in Weste
Arrival of prisoners. --Another lot of Federal prisoners arrived yesterday from Big Sewell mountain, in custody of Lieutenant A. F. Cooke, of Floyd's cavalry, and two men. Four of them are soldiers, lately of Rosencranz's army, namely: R. M. Walsh, of the Eleventh Ohio; W. C. Ramage, of the Twenty-sixth Ohio; Charles Kern, of the Ninth Ohio; and James Farley, of the Second Kentucky Regiment. The remainder, three in number, are Lincolnites from Fayette county, Virginia
From Western Virginia. --It will be seen from the following letter to the Lynchburg Virginian, that Gen. Lee expected to make an attack upon Rosencranz about the time the latter's forces slipped away: Sewell Mountain, Lee's Encampment, October 2d, 1861. Mr. Editor: Yesterday evening we arrived here, after five days weary and toilsome march from Jackson river. We are now encamped within two miles of the enemy. From a high hill where our cannon are planted, the enemy's encampment is plain to view. I visited the heights yesterday evening, and viewed the encampments of both armies; and from all the information that I can collect, the enemy has about 15,000 men, (though there are rumors that they have more,) and 20 pieces of cannon, pretty strongly fortified on top of Big Sewell mountain. Our army has 17,000 or 18,000 men and 28 pieces of cannon, and are well fortified on the same heights, within less than two miles of the enemy's camp, on the eastern side of Big Sewe
character. No intelligence in regard to the affair was received at the War Department, and we conclude that the report needs confirmation. This rumor is all we have from the Potomac line, with the exception of the usual communication made by passengers from Manassas that "a battle is close at hand," which may possibly be true, though we would not advise our readers to place much confidence in unauthorized reports. The prisoners who were brought in yesterday from the West stated that Rosencranz was the General who made the retreat from Big Sewell, thus confirming the original statements. Our latest advices represent that General Lee was quietly holding his position. The frequent rains had made the roads almost impassable. Col. Gilham, with his command, still occupied Elk Mountain at last accounts, though it was thought probable that the loss of the baggage and stores, heretofore reported, might render it necessary for the regiment to return to Richmond. Capt. D. B. Bridgf
ral Briggs in the command of the department comprised in the States of Louisiana and Mississippi, Gen. Lovell will have his headquarters at New Orleans, for which post he leaves Richmond this day.--General Lovell graduated at West Point in the class of 1842, with Generals G. W. Smith, Van-Dorn, Longstreet, Hill, (of Big Bethel fame,) Anderson, (who led the assault lately on Santa Rosa Island,) and with such other distinguished men of our army as Lay and McLaws. In the same class graduated Rosencranz, Pope, Doubleday, Sykes, and S. Williams, of the Northern army. General Lovell served through the whole of the Mexican war, part of the time with General Taylor and part of it with General Scott. He was there distinguished as a most gallant and skillful artillery officer, on the staff of General Quitman, who won fame as Adj't General of the division. While in New York, where he held office under Street Commissioner Smith, as Deputy, at a salary of $3.500 a year, he founded the city