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
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
, 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.