he country, is ordered to leave the department forthwith, and not to return under pain of being put to hard, but honest, labor. By order of Major Gen. Butler. R. S. Davis, Major and A. A. G.
The campaign in the Southwest--the advance of Hurlburt and M'Pherson.
The Federal force which is now advancing into East Mississippi, and before which in retiring Gen Polk has evacuated Meridian, is under the command of Gen Sherman, and consists of two army corps--the 16th and 17th, under Hurlbut, and already our lines have been advanced towards Jackson, as far as the Big Black.
Posts on the Memphis and Charleston Railroad have been abandoned, and the garrisons, including those at Corinth and luka, brought in. The 15th army corps, Major Gen Hurlburt, has been organized for field duty into four divisions, commanded respectively by Generals Tuttle, Dodge, A. J. Smith and Ventch.
Besides the 16th preparations for the campaign have been made in the 13th and 17th corps.
A great cavalry ex