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The War in the Southwest.

The Grenada Appeal has intelligence that General Curtis was with a signed Defant twelve miles from Little Rock, Ark., at the hands of Gens. Roane and Hindman. The same paper says that gentlemen from Vicksburg represent that the preparations to meet the enemy at that point and give him battle are ample. All non- combatants have withdrawn from the city, and those who remain have determined to defend it to the last-even to the total destruction of the place. The utmost enthusiasm prevails, and it is predicted that Mississippi, even if she should lose her fairest city, will not be called upon to witness any flinching on the part of her sons who have rallied to defend it.

We have favorable accounts from the army of the Mississippi, in its new location, and the people of the South will rejoice to learn that all the benefit anticipated has resulted from the change. The strength of the army has been greatly increased, its health much improved, and the spirit of the men is as high and defiant as could be desired.

The Jackson Mississippian of the 21st, announces with inexpressible pleasure the arrival of Maj. Gen. Earl Van Dorn, for the purpose of assuming command of the Department of South Mississippi and East Louisiana. The same paper says:

‘ Ten of Commodore Porter's mortar boats passed Rodney at 10 o'clock on Thursday morning, on their way to Vicksburg. Before this time they have doubtless reached their destination. We rejoice to know that their visit is not unexpected, but that ample and suitable provision has been made for their entertainment. The fleet of gunboats from Memphis is also hourly looked for. The invitation is general. It is a "free fight." The welcome which the peerless queen extends to them is: "Come one, come all — this rock shall fly from its firm base as soon as I."

’ The Mississippian, of the 23d, says:

‘ On Saturday, about midday, the enemy opened a brisk fire on our batteries, which continued an hour or more, doing no injury to our batteries or men as we could learn.

The early hour of the attack was considered the signal for the commencement of the siege, but it appears that the mortar fleet were driven back at Grand Gulf, which would defer the attack indefinitely, even if it were the intention of the Feds to have continued the firing on Saturday.

The fleet from Memphis has not yet made its appearance above the city.

We learn by telegraph that the mortar fleet, being towed by tug-boats, was repulsed at Grand Gulf on Saturday last, and that the enemy fell back down the stream.

This is the second time at this point that our light batteries of six and twelve pounders has repulsed the enemy; and if successful with small calibre, what ought we to accomplish with heavy artillery? All honor to our gallant artillerists in Claiborne county!

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