The campaign on the Kanawha.
--We find in the Bowling Green Courier
the following article which that paper extracts from the Cincinnati Times
This testimony from the enemy, of the efficiency of our operations on the Kanawha
, must, of course, be accepted as reliable so far as it speaks in our favor.
The second escape of Floyd
from Western Virginia
, without even a battle, certainly should not be very satisfactory to the Government
His forces were much less than Rosencranz
's, and the latter had ample time to cut off Floyd
's retreat, or at least force him to battle.
That it was not done is one of the mysteries of the campaign.
At a time when it was supposed that Western Virginia
was free from rebels, Floyd
stole a march upon Rosencranz
, suddenly appearing upon the opposite bank of the river, and throwing balls into Rosencranz
For several days Floyd
's cannon commanded the roads connecting our camps, and cut off all transportation during day light.
The boldness of the movement was only equalled by the supineness which afflicted our side.
The taunts of the rebels were submitted to without resistance.
We were told, and so was the Government
, that Rosencranz
was aware of Floyd
's advance; that no resistance had been made because Rosencranz
wished him to advance, and that now that Floyd
was upon the Galley, Rosencranz
had him just where he wanted him, and that in a few days Floyd
would be bagged.
Then followed a silence of several days, and at last came the intelligence that Floyd
and his whole force had escaped, making a successful retreat to a point out of the reach of our forces.
The announcement created no little astonishment, and as the facts connected with the case come to hand, they are far from satisfactory.
It seems that, after suffering a bombardment of several days, General Rosencranz
adopted a plan to surround Floyd
and cut off his retreat.
Three brigades, embracing a force superior in numbers, were detailed for that purpose.
was commanded to cross the river below Floyd
, while Cox
were to cross above, and blockade the only roads leading to the South
At a given signal the three divisions were to advance and give battle.
's brigade crossed the river, and were in bivouac five days, waiting for orders to march.
At last those orders were received, and Benham
advanced to the rebel camp.
He gave the signals agreed upon, and received answers from the other brigades that all was right, yet when he reached the rebel camp he found it freshly deserted.
The other brigades had failed in their movements, and Floyd
, taking advantage of that fact, retreated through the unobstructed read before him. It has since transpired that but for a fortunate night's rest, ordered by Gen. Benham
, his brigade would have been precipitated upon Floyd
's whole force, and, cut off from all aid, might have been annihilated by superior numbers.
The result is just this; Floyd
has escaped a second time, when he should have been captured.
As at Carnifax, he outgeneraled Gen. Rosencranz
At the former he drew off his forces safely with a small loss, while, to-day Rosencranz
's forces have not recovered from the terrible forced marches they were then subjected to. As we have before remarked, our loss by disease, resulting from the hardships of that occasion, is greater than that of all the battles which have been fought in Western Virginia
In this last expedition, Floyd
certainly eluded what was proclaimed as a sure trap for the destruction of his army.
Such are the unpleasant truths which come to us from the Kanawha
We can but reiterate the opinion heretofore expressed, that Gen. Rosencranz
can be superceded to advantage.
We should like to see a General in command of that department who could at least prove a match for Floyd