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now to render our whole region, for the time being entirely secure. There was some apprehension felt for a little while for the line of the railroad about Newbern, owing to false reports of a disastrous retreat by Gen. Floyd, which got into circulation; but it has turned out that these rumors were more exaggerations. General Floyd went down to Cotton Hill, Fayette co., on a plan concerted with Gen. Lee, to take the enemy in the rear, while General Lee should occupy him in front, before Sewell-- shortly after setting out on his hazardous and adventurous expedition, a large part of Gen.Lee's force was ordered to Pecahont as co., and General Lee himself was soon after sent to South Carolina; leaving a very small force in front of the enemy at Meadow Bluff. When Gen. Floyd, therefore, reached Cotton Hill, instead of being able to effect anything in the enemy's rear, he found that the enemy were entirely free, if they chose, to get into his rear and to employ their whole force in sur