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berfand with his command, and penetrated considerable distance into the interior, driving, Lincoln's hirelings, like chaff, before his invincible little army. Should Gen., Z. overtake these dastardly, would be invaders, which we think doubtful, lively times may be expected in that quarter.

The late engagement in the Sound.

An officer on the Confederate gun-boat Oregon communicates to the New Orleans Delta, of the 6th inst., the following in relation to the late, naval engagement on the Mississippi Sound:

December 4th at 7 A. M., got under way at Grants Pass in company with the Confederate States steamer Florida, and stood for Horn Island Pass. At 8 o'clock saw a large Federal steamer standing in for Horn Island Pass Run for her. At 8.30 the Florida opened fire upon her with one gun, upon which the put back and run out the Pass, both the Oregon and the Florida in pursuit. After getting well out, the Federal steamer hasted up and commenced firing, which opened a general engagement between the three, lasting an hour and a half, at the end of which the Federal steamer put out to sea, and stood to the westward. No one was hurt an oar side 12.30 passed Ship Islan. There were four Federal war steamers inside the fort, three schooners, one smack, and the captured steamboats Anna and Lewis, the latter being used in transporting from the war steamer to the fort.

The Camp Jackson prisoners

The Columbus (Ky.) Confederate News, of the 6th last, says:

General Frost came with the Camp Jackson prisoners to Columbus yesterday. Maj. Williams, attached to the staff of General Frost. it also here. There are about eighty prisoners here. There have been five hundred and ten discharged under the Price and Fremont treaty. We learn that a few of these prisoners have been seduced into the F at army.

The man, body of these men have united themselves to the fortunes of Gen. Frost with the view of forming a brigade. We have found these gentlemen to be intelligent informed. They complain very much of their treatment on their passage to this place, especially at Cairo, where everything was stolen from them that could be reached.

From Texas

The Houston Telegraph; of the 29th, has the following stems:

‘ The Weatherford Whiteman says that on the left a detachment of Capt. Barry's company of Raiders overhauled a party of twenty Indian near the h of Peas river, who they immediately attacked killing four and wounding several others. Two of the whites were wounded. Several horses were recovered which had been stolen by the red

The Austin correspondent of the Centreville says that there is no hope of the recovered of Judge Jewett, who is in the insane in Austin. The writer says he is so much wilder and ferocious in manner and deportment an when he left home.

The people of Milan county are in a bad way. They are out of tobacco, and none to be had. The Sentinel says they have the blockade terribly, and ‘"spit mighty dry."’

Bosque county is not much better off. A correspondent writes as follows:

’ ‘ We on the frontier feel the pressure of the blockade as badly as you do. Coffee and sugar are things that any almost forgotten.--Money is an obsolete word, the meaning of which is, however, still remembered by the aged inhabitants, who picture its uses in glowing terms, and the rising generation who wonder what great use their ancestors made of it when there are such things as and oxen, cows and calves, flour and soap meal and candies, to pay what they for purchase.

Mexican Inundation.

From the Brownsville (Texas) Flag, of the 24th ult. we take the following paragraph:

‘ The city, of Matamoros has been emptying itself upon us for the last two weeks at the rate of five to ten per diem; but about six days ago the flood commenced increasing, and for five days the tide has been up at high water Gen. Caravajal gave official notice to the people of Matamoros last week that those who desired to quit themselves of all danger and complicity in the revolution should leave town, and the multitude took the order in good part and commenced swarming into the Southern Confederacy.--The emigration was like the Egyptian exodus, for it comprised families, generations, furniture, and all that could be moved. The ferry was kept at work, and particularly in Monday last, the anxious multitude pressed into the boat with such vehemence that it was thought the that would swamp.--Six hundred persons must have crossed the river in a few hours, with trunks and mountains property, Brownaville is crowd with the refugees. Every corner in every house is filled with the women and children and baggage. Two thousand people are now protected by our peaceful community. We welcome them beneath the Stars and Bars, for they fly from danger they did not create.

An expedition to the Ohio.

We take the following paragraph from the Louisville (Bowling Green) Courtier, of the 6th inst.

A few days since Col. Forrest, with 600 of his ‘"Ranger,"’ started from Princeton on an expection to the Ohio. They first visited Ashbysburg, on Green river, where it was reported there was a large force of Yankees.--They found none there. They then went to Henderson on Thursday, the enemy flying on their approach. After remaining at Henderson as long as their duty and inclination reported, they went to Caseyville on Friday and then returned to Princeton. The Yankees visited Caseyville the next day and committed some depredations.

Col. Forrest with his command has been doing effective service in the river counties.

Gen. culloch.

Some one who seems to know him, gives the following pen and ink sketch of General McCulloch:

Gen. Ben. McCulloch is a great man.--Mentally, he is of the sanguine bilious temperament — a perfectly positive man. There is no half-way ground about him; no medium decision, no compromise, no guessing; it is or it is not with him, it can or it cannot be, and if the world should decide against him, or all the offices in his division, I believe his own conscientiousness would prompt him to say, as would Jackson, ‘"I'll take the responsibility"’

One of the strongest features in his mind is its precision, its clearness. Individuality is strongly marked. He is not a talkative man, and I do not think a very sociable one. He seems to be separate, self-existent, independent, original. I do not think any one ever knows his plans and thoughts. He is an indefatigable student and thinker, and never loses any time whatever. Of whatever subject his mind is directed to, he has very exalted ideas. He seems desirous of bringing his men to the highest point of discipline and military power. He detests stragglers and loafers. He loves order and decency. He threatened to turn a battery loose on the unarmed Missourians who hung around him at the battle of Wilson's Creek.

More Yankee depredations.

The Bowling Green Courier, of the 6th instant, has the following in reference to Yankee vandalism in Kentucky:

‘ On Saturday last some Yankee troops visited Caseyville, Union county, stole about too hogs and several beeves, and ferried them across the river into Indiana. Subsequently the Yankees discovered they had been robbing their own friends — the hogs belonging to Union men — and they offered restitution by paying the parties the very liberal sum of $2 per cwt. for them.

Messrs, Mason and Slidell.

The Norfolk Day Book of the 10th instant, says:

‘ We learn from a gentleman who recently came to this city in a flag of truce steamer, and who while North, visited Messrs Mason and Slidell, that those gentlemen, in the course of a conversation, expressed their convictions that England would not on any account, allow their arrest to pass without notice, but that on the contrary, she would demand the amplest reparation for the insult offered her flag.

Our informant also learned from the same source, that the statement which we made some weeks since with regard to the safety of the papers of Messrs. Mason and Slidell was correct. These gentlemen state that all the papers in their possession were preserved from the enemy, and that they safely reached their destination.

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