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The defences of the Mississippi.

--The Memphis Appeal, alluding to the defences of the Mississippi river and the appointment of Brigadier General Polk and Colonel Hardee to the command thereof, says:

General Polk will have the command, as Brigadier General, of the forces mustered into the Confederate service, while General Pillow is in no wise interfered with as Major General of the Tennessee army. At the same time, being relieved from the routine of duties involved in erecting the Mississippi river defences, he will hereafter be able to give more attention to the particular work contemplated in his appointment — that of organizing the gallant army of the Volunteer State.

Major General Pillow and Brigadier General Polk are close and bosom friends, and have been so for twenty years, and our readers can rest assured no conflict can occur between the two officers. We happen to know that General Pillow has applied, with strong prospect of success, to President Davis for orders for higher duty and a position of more importance to the country.

Upon his arrival, General Polk will find the defences erected in the last six weeks, under the order of General Pillow, about completed. They are of such a character as to have met the approval of all military men who have examined them, and to secure the Mississippi Valley from invasion by our Northern enemies.

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