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doubt, from the character of our Generals, that the most strenuous exertions will be made to reorganize our forces and to restore our affairs. That these exertions will be successful, there is every reason to hope. The whole State of Mississippi is on foot. Guerrillas swarm from one end of it to the other, and they will never let the war die out. Defeat will but stimulate exertion, for submission were worse than death. It will not be thought of for a moment. We may, therefore, regard this blow as a mere postponement of the liberation of Mississippi. We cannot close this article without warning the public against hasty judgments. Gen. Van-Dorn has been unsuccessful on this occasion; but we know nothing, or next to nothing, of the circumstances. Ill success on a particular occasion ought surely not to condemn any man, since the greatest Generals are liable to it. Let us hear everything he has to say, before we pass judgment. Let us not make another Sydney Johnston blunder.
illed for us. We took more of his prisoners than he took of ours. We retreated to a place of safety, and the enemy in attempting to pursue us was repulsed with loss. This, with the lights before us, we judge to be the sum total of the affair. Since the enemy was unable to pursue us to Ripley, it is hardly probable that he will be able either to join Buell, or make further progress in the interior of Mississippi, without being seriously impeded in his operations by the reorganized army of Gen. Van. Dorn. Our army fought on this occasion with all its accustomed valor, Even the enemy concedes this. It yielded, at last, only to over whelming numbers. All praise to them for bravery and perseverance. Yet, this telegram gives us a glimpse of light which we cannot help thinking reveals the true cause of the defeat. "Stragglers," it says, "may be numbered by the thousand." It was straggling which very nearly caused the defeat of Beauregard on the second day at Shiloh. We cannot bu