Matters on the Mississippi.
--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