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lent in human character, I know not the model I would sooner take than the gallant, noble, brave McCulloch. [Cheers.] With eight thousand men he came to our assistance, with troops from Texas, Arkansas, and Louisiana. One regiment from this latter State was the first and best I ever saw. They came all the way on foot, they came to fight and not to retreat. In addition to this force he brought to my aid his high military genius, his resistless energy and brave and fearless heart. [Cheers] Gen Polk has ordered to my assistance thirteen thousand men, and they are now on their way to the battlefield [Cheers] I shall return as soon as the cars can take me to the State of Missouri. I shall go to the field, and there I shall remain until the invader is driven from our soil, or we are conquered. [Cheers.] I do not expect the latter to take place, Such men as we have can never be conquered, [cheers.] because they are fighting for that which is dearer than life itself — their rights [C
er, from Gov. Harris. The message was, that he (Gov H) had, by telegraphic dispatch, requested Gen Polk to withdraw the Confederate troops from Kentucky, and that Gen. Polk had declined to do so; thaGen. Polk had declined to do so; that Gov. Harris had telegraphed to Secretary Walker, at Richmond, requesting that Gen. Polk be ordered to withdraw his troops from Kentucky, and that such order was issued from the War Department of thGen. Polk be ordered to withdraw his troops from Kentucky, and that such order was issued from the War Department of the Confederacy; that Gen. Polk replied to the War Department that the retention of the post was a military necessity, and that the retiring from it would be attended by the loss of many lives. This eGen. Polk replied to the War Department that the retention of the post was a military necessity, and that the retiring from it would be attended by the loss of many lives. This embraces the message received. The messenger it is true, in conversation said that he had heard in Nashville that Secretary Walker had sent a dispatch to Gen. Buckner, giving Gen Polk a discretioGen Polk a discretion to hold or withdraw from the occupation of the post in Kentucky. The undersigned understood the messenger to say that he saw no dispatch of the kind just alluded to and that he heard of it afte
Belgium Consul at New Orleans to the Minister at Washington, and on the strength of this procured a pass from Major General Loyell, of New Orleans, and that Major General Polk, at Columbus, after refusing for two days, at length reluctantly agreed to pass him through his lines, and furnished him with the following: Headq'rs 5ow Cairo by Southern scouts, se. curely bound and taken to Columbus, where, thrust into irons, they were tried before the reverend rebel and pious traitor, Gen Polk, and sentenced to be shot. They were put into heavy irons and kept in the guard house until two days before the time of the proposed execution, when the unhappy, both by land and water, and in half a dozen directions. Another object of the well supported reconnaissance was to threaten Columbus in the rear, to prevent General Polk from sending reinforcements to Buckner or Bowling Green, or from affording relief to the Confederates at camps Beauregard and Felicia. Northern Railroad
ers from which papers are copied with approbation into many of the rebel papers to the injury of the Government and the cause of the country, is ordered to leave the department forthwith, and not to return under pain of being put to hard, but honest, labor. By order of Major Gen. Butler. R. S. Davis, Major and A. A. G. The campaign in the Southwest--the advance of Hurlburt and M'Pherson. The Federal force which is now advancing into East Mississippi, and before which in retiring Gen Polk has evacuated Meridian, is under the command of Gen Sherman, and consists of two army corps--the 16th and 17th, under Hurlbut and McPherson. The cavalry to attend the expedition left Memphis for Corinth on the 3d inst. The St Louis Republican, commenting upon the movements in that quarter, says: Promising activity is observable in Gen Sherman's and Gen Banks's department. Quite a number of troops have been concentrated in the vicinity of Vicksburg, and already our lines have been ad
t the interior railway lines, destroy the bridges and Government work-shops, lay waste the country, and gain the rear of Gen Polk, harass and delay his retreat, and, if possible, force him down towards Mobile, while Sherman rushed upon him in front. Had Gen. Polk retreated upon Mobile, the attack upon which by the Federal fleets was calculated if not designed to draw him in that direction, Sherman would have occupied Meridian, Demopolis, and Selma, and thus have rendered his escape impossible,. Every man we might have sent to Mobile would only have enhanced the victory of our foes as it did at Vicksburg. Had Gen. Polk retired upon Mobile, Sherman would have thrown himself in his rear and cut off his supplies, as Grant did at Vicksburg ot only failed in his part of the programme, but it seems that he has been beaten back with heavy loss. The retreat of Gen. Polk was a masterly thing. He showed great judgment when he declined to accept battle and retired behind the Tombigbee, ins
e public buildings at this place were destroyed, and a number of private houses. The Barton House, Ragsdale House, and railroad depots were burned, as also the office of the Daily Clarion. The enemy pillaged every house, carrying off everything of any value. Provisions were taken from almost every family. Sherman laid waste all the country through which his army passed on his return to Vicksburg. He occupied the Ragsdale House for his headquarters while here, and McPherson occupied Gen. Polk's old headquarters. Demopolis, March 4.--A dispatch from Gen. Jackson, dated Sharon, seven miles from Canton, Feb. 23, says he overtook the enemy at that point on the 27th, and was skirmishing. The enemy crossed his whole force at Ratcliff's and Callum's ferries, and proceeded to Canton, where they were reported on short rations and broken down.--It was thought they would destroy a portion of the railroad north of Canton, and go at once to Vicksburg. About twenty-five had been kille
nergy of the commanding General--our success--Gen.Polk's recent arrival. Etc. A correspondent ohe following interesting review of matters in Gen Polk's Department, The campaign through which of this section what was to be the result ? General Polk had recently been placed in command of thisupon that and that alone, he must rely. Gen. Polk took the field. Forrest was still detached oad centre of this department.--At this time Gen. Polk borrowed from the Mobile garrison two or thrdepredate upon the country. in the meantime Gen. Polk, with all his acknowledged energy, was movinnemy's hands. On Sunday, the 14th, Lieut. General Polk evacuated Meridian, with his little armdone, was well done.--History will record to Gen. Polk great skill and energy in the management of tment without aid from other quarters. General Polk has issued the following orders to the troouccesses which await us in the future. By command of Lieut Gen. Polk, Thos M Jack, A. A. Gen. [1 more...]
tion and scattering among our armies, especially in Mississippi, and our Generals were greatly perplexed to maintain and keep up their commands. The success of Gens. Polk. Lee, Maury, and Forrest, in resisting these causes of demoralization and preserving the spirit and efficiency of their commands, reflects upon them an even hi valuable a section of our country as the Valley of the Mississippi is neglected by our Government, have the slightest foundation or color. The reinforcement of Gen. Polk's army appears to us to be of the highest moment, and to promise as much of real practical benefit to the Confederacy as that of any other force now in the servississippi. When the fact is known, as we have it from the highest authority, that the recent formidable movement of Sherman, Smith, and Grierson was defeated by Gen. Polk with a force not equal to that of the enemy, and with a loss of not over a hundred killed, wounded and captured, and without the loss of a pound of the Governmen
Sherman's field Marshals wounded. --Sher man's operations around Reach, which were protracted through three days cost him quite dearly. The enemy estimate their losses in front of Resaca at 4,000. Four Generals were wounded — Hooker, (lighting Joe,) slightly; Kilpatrick, the raider, who did not get as near Richmond as Dahlgren painfully; Manson, a Kentuckian, well known in Louisville, seriously; and Willich, it is believed, mortally. Willich is a German, and has figured in this army of the Cumberland, as it is called, ever since the war commenced. He entered as a lieutenant; subsequently commanded a regiment of lager beer drinkers from Cincinnati, and fought at the battle of Murfreesboro' as a General where he was captured by Gen Polk's division before breakfast. He has probably fought his last battle now.
the 20th, says: Gen. Sherman is in possession of Kingston, Rome. Cassville and the line of the Etowan. The army had heavy skirmishing with the enemy all the way from Resaca. The railroad and telegraph have been repaired to the present position of the army. The troops are in good condition and spirits. Johnston is believed to be at Atlanta. Five hundred and thirteen prisoners, captured at Resaca arrived here yesterday and to-day. Among them are thirteen officers, belonging to Polk's, Hardee's, and Hood's corps. They will be sent North to morrow. Hugh Trally a native of Ray county, Tenn, was hung to day by order of the military commandant, charged with bush whacking and murdering Union citizens. Trally was captured in Waite county, East Tennessee, where he was acting as guide to the rebel General Wheeter. He betrayed no emotion on the scaffold and avowed that he died a true rebel soldier, and not guilty of shedding innocent blood. The river is three feet de
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