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outhwest have been, with small exception, inactive, while the enemy has reduced the two garrisons on the Mississippi, by which some 35,000 or 40,000 men have been lost to the Confederacy. Why there was not some concentration of our forces under Johnston. Bragg, and Holmes, at some point or other, to strike a blow while the enemy was thus engaged, is a question those officers alone can answer. But there was not, and the enemy having achieved one great labor finds himself free to move where he eet the enemy and repulse him just when he fancies that he has again crushed the rebellion. He already begin to find that it is not a perfectly easy matter to overrun the country, even where our men retreat before him. Grant has found it necessary to quit following Johnston, and himself take the back track to Vicksburg. Adversity will bring out only in bother relief the virtues of the people of the South--the virtues of courage, constancy, and faith in a Just Cause and a Just Providence.