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The retreat from Laurel Hill[Correspondence of the Richmond Dispatch.] Monterey July 25, 1861. After the battle of Cheat river, your correspondent noted as rear guard, which gave him an opportunity of witnessing many scenes of distress. The foot soldiers, who were exhausted by extraordinary labor — some of them quite worn out before they left Laurel Hill — were scattered along the roadside in great numbers. About ten miles from the battle-field, I saw a soldier standing in perplexity and distress — He appealed to me to advice him; said he was wounded, and could proceed no further.--I called to the lady of the house, in whose yard he was standing, and told her to promise to dress his wound and to attend to him. Manifesting the deepest interest, she said she would, and if the enemy passed she promised to conceal him. The young man's name is Overton, from Amelia. As I rode on, my attention was arrested by a scene of deep interest to me. A baggage wagon had been abandoned; in<