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The fall of Fort Donelson.
After three days of the most desperate fighting ever witnessed on this continent, (so declares a veteran regular officer,) the most desperate fighting against the most tremendous-odds, in which day after day the multitudinous host of invaders was driven back past their own camp, our glorious Spartand cowardice, that their own ambassadors cannot stand the storm of the world's contempt, and are all anxious to fly back to the United States.
Their success at Fort Donelson, gained only by vast superiority of numbers, will only have the effect of converting the whole population of the South--men, women and children — into an immense army, who will resist them at every step, and everywhere "welcome them with bloody hands to hospitable graves." The glorious valor of our troops at Fort Donelson is not dimmed in the slightest degree by their inability to hold their ground against overwhelming odds; but, on the contrary, shines through the black clouds of disast