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Miraculous stampedes.

--The last few weeks have witnessed a series of the most remarkable stampedes on the part of the enemy which can be found on record. Four weeks ago our affairs around the horizon certainly looked somewhat gloomy. The great naval expedition had silenced our guns on the forts of Port Royal, and had effected a lodgment of troops on the main land, without the loss of a ship. A large army under McClellan was threatening our lines before Manassas, at the same time that a naval assault upon Evansport was daily expected. Pensacola was heavily bombarded, and it, was unknown what amount of metal would be brought to bear upon our batteries at that point. A formidable invasion down the Mississippi, as well by laud as by river, was preparing at Cairo and Paducah, and our Western Generals and Governors were calling urgently for more troops, while bridges were burring and insurrection raising its fearful head in the interior. In the Price and McCulloch were pressed back to Missouri, and in danger of attack from a mont, and afterwards Hunter. General Zollicoffer was considered in imminent danger from a very large force that was pressing him from the direction of Camp Dick Robinson; and Nelson was at Prestonsburg and Piketon, preparing to cross the Cumberland Mountain into Virginia with ten thousand men. Finally, Rosencranz was in force five to one against us in the Kanawha.

In four weeks the aspect of affairs has completely changed. The conduct of the enemy has been marvellous and even a musing. The bombardment of Pensacola proved to be a ridiculous failure. Nothing has been effected beyond mere landing and entrenching at Port Royal. Evansport has not been bombarded; and the recollection of Leesburg, has taught McClellan and his army at Alexandria, that discretion which is the better part of valor. Rosencranz has gone off with all but two of his regiments from the Kanawha to winter in Wheeling; first putting Gen. West Point Benham under arrest for failing to capture Floyd's twenty-two hundred men with five to seven thousand.

Nelson, frightened by the daring and gallant expedition of our cavalry against Guyandotte took a sudden and headlong retreat from the vicinity of Pound Gap, dropping several of his cannon, drowning many of his horses in the river, and leaving tents, baggage, and supplies in glorious confusion all along the path of his unpursued retreat.

The enemy's force before Zollicoffer caught the same Bull Run fever that seems to seize his armies in turn everywhere with equal violence. We published, a few days ago, their own melancholy tale of the dreadful flight. It was the most marvelous phenomenon we recollect to have read of in all the history of wars and marchings. The flight was precipitate and disastrous, and the loss of property immense. It suddenly relieved us of the danger which threatened us in East Tennessee and Southwestern Virginia.

Then came the unaccountable retreat of Hunter from Western Missouri, and the capture of Montgomery and a hundred Federal army wagons, with their freight of arms and provisions. Finally, the array of troops and boats that was preparing in such formidable force at Cairo strangely disintegrated itself, a large portion of it going off precipitately to St. Louis to protect that city, supposed to be threatened by Price and McCulloch from a distance of two hundred miles.

The effect of all of these strange manœuvres, and this unaccountable cowardice, has been to put a new face upon our entire affairs. The ‘"cord"’ that was ‘ "tightening around us,"’ according to the strange fancies of timid people, and which was soon to crush us by its rigorous energy, has fallen to pieces like a rope of sand; and instead of the enemy being everywhere aggressive, he is all along our lines, retreating or standing timidly on the defensive. At no period since the war began, has the hand of Providence been more distinctly visible than in thus, by mysterious and unseen influence, scattering the hosts of the foe.

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