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his army, or saving his army and being captured himself. He chose the latter alternative. A few days after Buckner, at Donelson, had the alternative of escaping and losing his army, or of sharing its fate in captivity. He shared its fate. Both were heroes and noble examples of Kentucky chivalry. Loring, who commenced our left wing, did not engage until late, when he found himself surrounded by the enemy in heavy force. He charged and cut his way through their lines, and marched on Crystal Springs, twenty eight miles south of Jackson. After getting out, it is said, he encountered a supply train of Grant's, of one hundred and fifty wagons, which he destroyed. It is also reported that he lost all of his artillery, which he was compelled to abandon, but lost few men. Our loss, as estimated by Gen. Pemberton, is said to be 3,000, and the enemy's three times that number. Knowing the ground, the disproportion of the loss of the two armies is quite a reasonable estimate, if we lost