We have some further particulars this morning relative to our disaster in Eastern Kentucky
They remove all doubt of the death of General Zollicoffer
The battle was brought on by our forces, who attacked the enemy under the apprehension that his force was greatly less than it really was. Notwithstanding the mistake, our men evidently fought bravely; for besides losing their second is command, their Major-General
, four of their Colonels
, two Majors
, and three Surgeons were wounded.
The retreat, which it appears was well defended, was commanded by Col. Carroll
It will be seen that the loss on our side is not so large as the first account on our side represented it to be. The Northern statement and that last received come more nearly agreeing.
The error made by our Commanders is a strange one.
To attack a fortified army under the impression that it numbered only 1,500, when it was 14,000 strong, is a remarkable error.
To underrate the enemy in this manner is singular enough, and to fight under such a misapprehension could not but last to disaster.
The scouts must have performed their duty indifferently.