The retreat of Hunter's command.
--The St. Louis Evening News
, of the 22d inst. alludes to the retreat of Hunter
's army northward as follows:
Of course it is understood that the evacuation of Springfield
gives up the entire Southwest
, for the time, to the enemy.
It is to be regretted that the Union
men in that region should thus be exposed to persecution by their foes, or be compelled to abandon their homes to avoid such persecution; but this cannot be helped at present.
There is nothing in the strategic positions or resources of the Southwest
to justify the stationing of an army of 40,000 men at Springfield
to hold it.
This army can be used more efficiently and advantageously in another quarter; and perhaps it will not be long before it becomes evident that this army can more effectually protect even the Southwest
by striking the enemy at another point, and thus forcing Price
to abandon their present position and march to Eastern Arkansas