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From Mississippi. The accounts received from Vicksburg and the country adjacent, come to us in a shape so unintelligible that it is exceedingly difficult to form anything like a correct idea of the real condition of affairs in that department. The fight preceding the fall of Jackson commenced at an early hour on Thursday, the 14th inst., at a point some eight miles Southwest of the city, and was continued nearly the whole day. Our troops, numbering not more than 9,000 men, were commanded by Gen. Johnston, and the enemy's force, amounting to between 20,000 and 30,000, was commanded by Gen. Grant. Overcome by superior numbers, our forces fell back on Canton, 25 miles due North of Jackson, situated on the wagon road connecting thence by Vaiden with the road running due East to the Yazoo river, and leading directly to Vicksburg, some 70 miles from Jackson by this route. Gen. Johnston's arrival at Jackson (which occurred on the day previous to the fight) left him no time to org