The great victory in Tennessee,
Since the issue of our paper yesterday morning, we have few additional particulars of the victory at Shiloh, in Tennessee
, on Sunday.
That it was a great and glorious struggle there is no room to doubt, and that our forces achieved one of the most important triumphs of the whole war is little less certain.
All that we have additional is contained in the following private dispatch received by a member of Congress yesterday, date at Atlanta, Ga.
, April 7th:
dispatches to as say that we have gained the most complete victory of the war. We have driven the enemy to their transports.
We have 5,000 prisoners. One of Gen. Hindman
's leg was shot off Gen. Breckinridge
won immortal honor; his clothes were shot off, and two horses were killed under him. Gen. Pienties
and other Generals
are among the prisoners."
The extent and importance of this victory are difficult to estimate from the data before us. Our dispatches state that Gen. Buell
did not arrive in time to take part in the struggle, from which we infer that no portion of his corp was engaged and that it was the heavy column of the enemy commanded by General Grant
that suffered the disastrous shock, and went down beneath the resistless valor of our arms.
What this column numbered, we are not prepared to say; but Gen. Prentices
, who was taken prisoner, estimates it at $5,000. Our combined force was considerably larger, and is believed to be sufficiently strong in numbers to rid the sacred soil of Tennessee
of the presence of the invaders.
Our casualties in this fight are unquestionably heavy, as is indicated in the loss of General officers reported in the telegrams that have reached us. Besides the death of the lamented Johnston
, it is stated that Gen. Gladsen
loss an arm, Gen Hindman
a leg, and that Gen Bushrod Johnson