LAST NIGHT'S DISPATCHES.
LATEST FROM FORT DONELSON.
FURTHER PARTICULARS OF THE BATTLE.
WOUNDED BROUGHT TO PADUCAH AND CAIRO.
EFFECT OF THE NEWS IN SAINT SLOUIS.
PRICE'S ARMY ROUTED.
SIGEL AFTER THEM WITH A SHARP STICK.
A BATTLE EXPECTED.
GREAT FUROR IN BOSTON.
From St. Louis.
ST. LOUIS, Feb. 17.
Fort Donelson surrendered at 9 o'clock yesterday morning to the land forces. The gunboats were present at the time. An immense amount of war material is among the trophies of the victory.
Floyd skulked away the night before the surrender.
The gunboat Carondolet, Capt. Walker, arrived at Cairo with the news. A large number of our wounded have been brought to the Paducah and Cairo hospitals.
This city is wild with excitement and joy. The news was read at the Union Merchants' Exchange, creating the most intense enthusiasm. The Star Spangled Banner, Flag of our Union, and Red, White and Blue were sung by all present, after which they adjourned and marched to the armory headquarters 1,200 or 1,500 strong, where three cheers were given for Halleck and Foot, and Gen. Halleck appeared at the window and thanked the people for their hearty demonstration, and said, "I promised you when I came here that with your aid I would drive the enemies of our flag from your State. — This has been done, and they are virtually out of Kentucky, and soon will be out of Tennessee," More cheers were given for the Union, the Star Spangled Banner repeated, and the crowd dispersed. Judge Holt wept for joy when he heard the news. Many stores are closed, and the city is being decorated with flags, and evidences of great joy manifested everywhere.
Gov. Yates, Secretary Hatch, and Auditor Dubois of Illinois, left for Fort Donelson this morning to look after the wounded Illinois troops.
A requisition has been made for all steam boats in this vicinity to be held in readiness for the transportation of troops and government stores.