Critical Situation of Gen. Polk
--The Callona not Burned.
--A letter from New Orleans in the Charleston Courier
contains the following interesting paragraphs:
The authorities at Columbus
have information from a source upon which dependence is placed, that the Federals
are now making such dispositions of their forces in Kentucky
as will enable them to bring overwhelming numbers against Columbus
, and at the same time marches powerful column down the west bank of the Mississippi
The great rise in the Ohio
, and Tennessee rivers
will facilitate their movements in Kentucky
The attack is appointed to take place within a fortnight.
So impressed has Gen. Polk
become with the difficulties of his situation that he has sent agents to the Governors
and other military authorities of this State and Mississippi
, urging them to reinforce him as soon as possible to the full extent of their abilities.
In this State steps to that and have already been taken, but it would be imprudent to disclose the description or strength of the reinforcements that are about to be forwarded to him.
The report that the steamer Calhoun
, which was lately abandoned near the mouth of the river, was set fire to and burned, is now regarded as a sheer fabrication.
The vessel, it is said, was not fired, and with a valuable cargo, including 40 tons of gunpowder, fell into the bands of the enemy uninjured and is being armed to assist his operations on our coast.