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Battle at Fishing Creek, Ky.--defeat of Gen. Crittenden's command — death of Gen. Zollicoffer.

We regret to say that the report of a Federal victory in Kentucky, conveyed to us on Wednesday night from Northern sources by our special correspondent at Norfolk, and published in yesterday morning's Dispatch, is more than confirmed by intelligence received here at the War Department.

It appears that our defeat was more decisive than even the Northern accounts had led us to believe. The information received here is to the effect that on Sunday last General Crittenden, with eight regiments of infantry and six pieces of artillery attacked the enemy at a place called Fishing Creek, near Somerset, in Southeastern Kentucky. The Federals were under the command of Generals Schœpff and Thomas, and were strongly posted and entrenched behind Fishing Creek. The result of the action was disastrous to our arms. General Zollicoffer was killed, and immediately on his fall, our army was seized with a panic and was utterly routed, losing all its artillery, baggage, and camp equipage, and leaving 500 in killed and wounded on the field.

At last accounts, Gen. Crittenden was in full retreat on Knoxville. It is not stated whether or not the enemy was in pursuit.

Somerset is situated in Pulaski county, Ky., and is, by an air line, about eighty miles Northwest of Knoxville, and miles probably over a hundred by the road hundred. The intervening country is mountainous, and might offer serious impediments to a pursuing force.

The scene of the battle-field was North of the Cumberland river, which would interpose another obstacle to the advance of the enemy in case Gen. Crittenden has destroyed the bridges over that stream. Of course it is to be supposed that he has done so.

The route from Somerset to Knoxville, Tenn., does not run through Cumberland Gap or any of the avenues leading into Virginia.

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