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The disaster in Kentucky.

We think it wholesome not to underrate a disaster — not to diminish a loss or depreciate a disadvantage. But we suspect that the news yesterday received from our own friends in East Tennessee is somewhat heightened in its narrative. The enemy's account, via Norfolk, is not so bad for us as that we have received from East Tennessee. We trust that the true and reliable report will cut down a little the extent of our defeat. Nevertheless, there is certainly a defeat of our forces and a victory for the enemy, which will elate them wonderfully. Victories to them are few and far between, and all the more grateful when they do come for their scarcity. To us, however, this reverse should only be a motive for increased energy and vigilance. The locality where it happened enhances its bad effects, and should all the more nerve our arms for a powerful effort to retrieve our loss and revenge our countrymen who perished in the ill-fated conflict. The brave Gen. Zollicoffer will not be forgotten, and many an arm will strike a blow all the more powerful and deadly for the remembrance of his death.

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