Latest from Western Virginia--Withdrawal of Federal troops, &c.
The Cincinnati Enquirer
, of the 12th, has the following interesting intelligence in regard to the movements of the Federal
forces in Western Virginia
The steamer ‘"Mary Cook
"’ arrived last evening from the Kanawha river
, bringing from the camps near Gauley Bridge
184 sick and wounded soldiers, who were immediately taken from the steamer to the Marine Hospital
Our fellow-citizen, Mr. Quinn
, who has been spending a few weeks in Western Virginia
, was also a passenger on the ‘"Cook
,"’ and from him we learn very important particulars from that section of the State
He corroborates the statement of Col. Frizell
, that the entire country of the Kanawha Valley
is devastated, and that farmers are leaving as rapidly as transportation can be found to bring them North
Forage is out of the question and provisions cannot be procured.
The condition of the roads and country is such that an army of 2,000 men could not winter there, the impossibility of transportation being so great, and the risk of reaching the army with supplies, &c., so hazardous.
are at Mountain Cave
, only thirteen miles from Gauley Bridge
, with only six thousand troops, who are able to perform active duty, and are available.
Between Gauley Bridge
and Camp Lookout there were, on Tuesday last, 1,640 patients in the hospitals, prostrated with camp fever.
At Cross Lanes, near Carnifax Ferry, and about twenty-eight miles from Gauley Bridge
, are 160 patients.
Those that can bear moving are to be brought here as rapidly as steamers can be secured.
During the past two weeks there have been continuous rains, and the roads are almost impassable.
The campaign in Western Virginia
is virtually ended, and preparations are on foot to withdraw a portion of our forces there, and send them into Kentucky
, leaving only a sufficient force to prevent the rebels from approaching north of Gauley river
or west of Cheat Mountain
The probabilities are, however, that the Seceders have no desire to come through a country they have already laid waste and left barren.
was at Sewell's Mountain when a battle between our forces and the rebels was so imminent.
The enemy were entrenched on a mountain four miles and a half from our army, and their camp fires were plainly visible.
The enemy's pickets fired upon the Federal
pickets, but no damage was done.
On Sunday evening Gen. Rosencranz
fell back on Camp Lookout, and then to Mountain Cave
We will not be surprised to hear of Rosencranz
within ten days. The enemy have already gone in the direction of Cumberland Gap