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A battle Imminent

--The latest arrivals from Columbus, Mo., says the Memphis Appeal, of the 17th, declare that a battle must be fought there very soon; perhaps to-day. On Saturday at four o'clock in the evening, two Lincoln gun-boats, the Conestoga and Lexington came down, and taking a position above Columbus, so as to have the bluff between them and the Confederate's battery--they threw four shells, one of them when over the town bursted in the air; had it fallen before bursting the effects probably would have been terrible; another fell in the river; another bursted over Thompson's camp, and the fourth fell below the camp. We learn from a Columbus correspondent that on Sunday the steam boat Grampus, commanded by the Capt. Marsh Miller, was fired into by the enemy's pickets; several balls passed through the pilot house, and two struck very near Captain Miller, but he and the rest escaped injury.

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