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[187] Nashville; Capt. Crigier, Fourteenth Mississippi; Capt. Gholson, Fourteenth Mississippi; Lieut. Duquecron, Fourteenth Mississippi.

In company C, of the last-named regiment, seventeen were killed and wounded. Col. Baldwin of the same had his horse shot under him, and during the day acted as a Brigadier-General.

Such is a history of the battle of Fort Donelson, already memorable as the fiercest on record of the Southern confederacy, and an attempt at a description of affairs in and around Nashville. It is necessarily meagre, because one pair of eyes in a wounded body could not see all that transpired upon an extensive battle-field; and perhaps it is worse than meagre, because your correspondent has not had time, before the closing of the mail, to dress the facts in that garb which might possibly enhance the interest of the narration.

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 Spartan band from sheer exhaustion has been borne down by a new avalanche of reenforcements piled upon the already enormous weight against which they have hitherto struggled with complete success, and has suffered one of those misfortunes which are common to war, but which entail no dishonor on our cause, and which will only animate to the most stern and undying resistance every true Southern heart. If these bloody barbarians, whose hands are now soaked to the elbows in the life-blood of men defending their own homes and firesides, dream that they are now one inch nearer the subjugation of the South than when they started on their infernal mission, they prove themselves to be fools and madmen as well as savages and murderers. They have taught us a lesson, we admit; they have admonished us to be more wary and circumspect, to husband with greater care our limited resources, and not to underrate our enemy. But they have also placed between them and us a gulf that can never be crossed by their arts and arms, and a universal determination to die, if die we must, for our country, but never permit her to be subjugated by the most malignant, the most murderous, the meanest of mankind, whose name is at this very moment such, a by-word of scorn and reproach throughout Europe, for their combined cruelty and 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 disaster with a radiance which will kindle the whole South into a blaze, and surround their own names with a halo of imperishable renown.

Confederate killed and wounded at Fort Donelson.--The Nashville Patriot gives the following as a corrected copy of its list of rebel losses at Fort Donelson:

Regt.Colonel,Acting Com.No. Eng.Kill.Wo'd.
8thdo.Burnett,Lt.-Col. Lyon,3001960
1stMiss.Simonton,Lt.-Col. Hamilton2801776
3ddo.Davidson,Lt.-Col. Wells,500519
14thdo.Baldwin,Major Doss,4751784
20thdo.Russell,Major Brown,5621959
26thdo.Reynolds,Lt.-Col. Boon,4341271
50thVa.------Major Thornburgh,400868
36thdo.McCauslin,------250lossnotknown, but severe.
Tenn. BattalionMajor Colms,27000 Major Gowan,6033,22701 Milton,1500,600815
Artilllery,  Murray's,8002
do.  Porter,11309
do.  Graves,5004
do.  Maney,10059
do.  Jackson,3400
do.  Guy,5800
do.  Ross,16622
do.  Green,7601
Total,    13,8292311,007

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