xtent and importance of this victory are difficult to estimate from the data before us. Our dispatches state that Gen. Buell did not arrive in time to take part in the struggle, from which we infer that no portion of his corp was engaged and that it was the heavy column of the enemy commanded by General Grant that suffered the disastrous shock, and went down beneath the resistless valor of our arms.
What this column numbered, we are not prepared to say; but Gen. Prentices, who was taken prisoner, estimates it at $5,000. Our combined force was considerably larger, and is believed to be sufficiently strong in numbers to rid the sacred soil of Tennessee of the presence of the invaders.
Our casualties in this fight are unquestionably heavy, as is indicated in the loss of General officers reported in the telegrams that have reached us. Besides the death of the lamented Johnston, it is stated that Gen. Gladsen loss an arm, Gen Hindman a leg, and that Gen Bushrod Johnson was wounded.