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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