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Matters on the Mississippi.

Mobile, Dec. 19
--A special to the Advertiser and Register, dated Oxford, Miss., contains Northern dates to the 16th.

On Friday last the battery below Romney fired into the steamer Brazil, and two ladies and one soldier were wounded. The battery at the mouth of Red river fired into the steamer Wm. Pheel, when five persons were killed, several wounded, and the boat riddled. The river is unsafe for boats without iron convoy.

A Cairo dispatch, says the Chicago Times, reports a rebel force, 8,000 strong, concentrated at Raleigh, Tenn., with a view of attacking Fort Pillow, and states that it is evidently Forrest's command.

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