The Second battle of Corinth.
dreadful slaughter on both Sides.
the Confederates opposed by overwhelming Number, and forced to fall back.
two Generals reported killed.
Mobile, Oct. 7.
--A special dispatch to the Advertiser and Register,
, 7th noon, says:
The battle at Corinth
was a most bloody one.
Our forces gained repeated success on Friday and Saturday, occupying a portion of the enemy's breastworks.
They also gained the town, but the enemy held out stubbornly on his left until reinforcements arrived, when, on Sunday, they fell upon Gen. Van
in overwhelming numbers, forcing us to relinquish our positions, and to retreat.
The fight continued almost uninterruptedly during Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.
The slaughter on both sides is described as unparalleled.
One of our Generals
writes that Maury
's division, composed of Phifer
's, and perhaps Morris
brigades, will not muster more than one brigade.
's brigade has not more than 450 men left.
, of the 4th brigade, (chiefly Mississippians,) was killed.
Also, Col. Rogers
, of Texas
, and Col. Wirt Adams
, of Mississippi
. Gen. Moore
is reported killed.
was injured by a fall from his horse.
Ten thousand fresh Federal from Bolivar
's division, which was in advance in the retrograde movement.
The army is understood to be in the vicinity of Ripley
, and perfectly safe.
It is rumored that but one General was sanguine of success before the attack.
No officers have yet arrived here, nor any of the wounded.
Having driven in the enemy's skirmishers, the combined forces of Van-Dorn
attacked them in their entrenchments, at 9 A. M., Friday, driving them out, capturing nine pieces of artillery, and continued repulsing them — slowly driving them back until night.
Our loss was heavy during the day.--Phifer
's and Green
's brigades suffering most.
, of Missouri
, severely wounded.
At 4 o'clock Saturday morning, the enemy opened with heavy artillery.
At 8 o'clock, we advanced, capturing several seige guns.--Green
's brigade again suffered heavily, being the first to enter the town.
's brigade charged the fort on College Hill
The enemy reserved their fire until they were within thirty yards, then opened a murderous fire, repulsing them with great loss.
Information being received that the army at Bolivar
, 20,000 strong, was marching via Pocahontas
on our rear, a retreat was ordered at 10 A. M. Our forces were somewhat disorganized, but brought off part of the captured artillery and our wounded and baggage, falling back ten miles to Cypress Creek
At 8 o'clock Sunday, Col.
--commenced skirmishing with the Yankee
force from Bolivar
, and fell back one mile, when he was reinforced by Whitfield
's Legion and a section of artillery, and afterwards by Maury
's division, which was also reinforced; but the whole of the force proved insufficient, and was driven back — the enemy burning the bridge, and trapping Maury
's brigade and four pieces of artillery.
Van Dornand Villipigue
coming up relieved Maury
and captured a brigade of their captors, and thirteen pieces of artillery.
The enemy were then driven to Matamoras
, and our army continued their retreat to Ripley
over the road our baggage train had passed.
Our loss in all the engagements is estimated at 5,000, and the enemy much heavier.
The loss at Pocahontas
was equal to that at Corinth
Our loss may be over estimated, as stragglers were numbered by the thousand, and the retreat was not very orderly.
We lost four pieces of artillery.
We captured 350 prisoners at Corinth
, who were brought off.
The enemy made no attempt to follow up from Corinth
, nor did the Bolivar force, after their defeat at Davis
was conspicuous for daring, and Price
, as usual, felt at home in the Sunday shower, each escaping unhurt.
's command was the first in the entrenchments.
's division suffered the heaviest loss.
sustained severe loss, and acted most gallantly.
The enemy fought determinedly, and were maneuvered splendidly.
commanded in person.
Our army are perfectly safe, and no fears are entertained of their being followed by the crippled Yankees
We will be quickly organized and ready for another combat.
The killing of Cols. Rogers
and Gen. Moore
Lieut. Sam Farrington
, of Capt. Wade
's battery, St. Louis
, is among the killed.
He fell in the heat of battle nobly discharging a soldier's duty.