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es on which he can depend to carryout the programme thus enunciated. The probabilities of a Federal success on the river is somewhat in their favor. According to the latest accounts, a strong force has landed at Osceola, which is near the point where the Yankee gunboats are stationed, and are now pushing down the river-bank on a road which will carry them to a point be low Fort Randolph, which is about sixteen miles this side of Fort Pillow. In other words, it is a repetition of the Island No.10 tactic, which caused an evacuation and surrender. Once fairly established on the banks, the Federal will bring down their heavy guns, and, by cutting off supplies, compel us to yield to starvation and to the enemy. I am not disposed to regard the opening of the Mississippi an event so certain as many anticipate. Federal gunboats may, indeed, ply between Cincinnati and New Orleans, but it would require half a million of men to protect the transports from the deadly fire of the thous