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The Kentucky disaster. J
further particulars.
the enemy attacked because. His force was Underestimated.
Gen. Crittenden and four Colonels, two Majors and three Surgeons wounded.

Petersburg, Jan. 24.
--The following has been received here from a friend in Knoxville:

Gen. Crittenden began the attack at 7 o'clock on Sunday morning. The enemy were supposed to be only about 1,500 strong, but they were found to number fully 14,000. Gen. Zollicoffer was killed early in the action, and Gen. Crittenden was wounded.--Col. Carroll then assumed the command, and recrossed the Cumberland.

Our loss was three hundred, and the loss of the enemy from four to five hundred.

The Fifteenth Mississippi, White's, and Battle's regiments protected our rear while crossing the river.

Rutledge's and McClung's batteries were lost.

We marched nine miles to attack the enemy, who was repulsed three times and then fell back to their fortifications. When they outflanked us, we retreated back to our breastworks, and were then surrounded.--We then determined to recross the Cumberland river, which we did under the fire of the enemy. This was 8 o'clock on Sunday night.

We lost all our horses, tents, equipage, and eleven guns spiked or thrown into the river.

It is not known whether or not the enemy has crossed the river.

Cols. Powell, Battle, Statham, and Cummings were wounded.

Surgeons Morton, Dulaney, and Cliff were taken prisoners.

Our regiments were all engaged.

Majors Fog and Shields were wounded — the former in the hip.

Gen. Zollicoffer's body was not recovered.

Our forces (6,000 in number) are still falling back.

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