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army — strength of his forces, &c. [From the Columbus (Ky.) Confederate News, Oct. 27.] We are pleased to have it in our power to lay before our readers the true state of the case in regard to the recent engagement between the Federals and the Missourians under Jeff. Thompson. We have our information from an eye-witness and a gentleman of undoubted veracity. It seems that by some previous arrangement there was a simultaneous movement of two columns of the enemy--one from Cape Girardeau. the other from Farmington, or some place on the Iron Mountain Railroad. These columns were both moving in the direction of Fredericktown. Gen. Thompson advanced his army from Greenville on the road that led to the same place. By good fortune Thompson captured a messenger, bearing a dispatch from the commander of the Cape Girardeau force to the commander of the other column, by which he ascertained that it was proposed to unite these forces around Fredericktown, where it was supp