Important from the West.
great battle near Columbus
— the Federals
defeated with heavy less — General great reported killed.
Columbus, Ky. Nov. 7.
--A fight began at 11 o'clock on yesterday at Belmont
, opposite to Columbus
, and lasted until 5 o'clock in the afternoon.
, with Tappan
's, and Russell
's regiments, numbering 2,500 men, were attacked by 8,000 Federal troops, under Gens. Grant
, and Henford
Until 1 o'clock there were many alternations of successes and reverses.
Our forces were then reinforced by Walker
's, Cursol's, and Mark's regiments, when Gen. Pillow
ordered a flank movement, which was made and supported by Smith
's and Wright
's regiments, under the immediate command of Gen. Polk
The enemy fled and were pursued to their gunboats.
It was a complete rout.
The roads were filled for several miles with the dead and wounded, with guns, ammunition, knapsacks, &c., &c. The gunboats were attacked by our sharp-shooters, their cables cut, and the Federals
made a precipitate embarkation.
's battery, under Hallzoven, is immortalized.
It was captured after a furious defence, and subsequently re-taken by our troops.
Our loss is heavy, but much less than that of the Federals
We have 90 prisoners. The enemy's loss is from 400 to 500.
is reported killed.
We re-captured nearly all our men who had been taken prisoners.