The Southwest.

The situation of affairs in the Southwest justifies the expectation of some stirring events in that part of the Confederacy at a very early day. The news received here, in an unofficial and unconfirmed manner, is that the enemy lad taken possession of Jackson, Mississippi, our forces having evacuated it "for strategic purposes." The latest Northern intelligence published by us this morning, however, announces that General Grant had retired to the Mississippi river, in consequence of the reinforcements of the Confederates. It is difficult to know what to believe from the Southwest. Accounts from that quarter are very unintelligible generally, and often contradicted.--Grant would give up very reluctantly a position so ear and in the rear of Vicksburg, against which Yankee malice is so powerfully directed. Our own friends have given some very comfortable assurances as to the condition of things thereabouts, and we put faith in these assurances. We shall be sadly disappointed if in a short time we do not hear of some serious discomfiture of the ruthless enemy who has been so long manœuvring to overrun a country and capture a city against which he cherishes an especial spite.

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