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t the interior railway lines, destroy the bridges and Government work-shops, lay waste the country, and gain the rear of Gen Polk, harass and delay his retreat, and, if possible, force him down towards Mobile, while Sherman rushed upon him in front. Had Gen. Polk retreated upon Mobile, the attack upon which by the Federal fleets was calculated if not designed to draw him in that direction, Sherman would have occupied Meridian, Demopolis, and Selma, and thus have rendered his escape impossible,. Every man we might have sent to Mobile would only have enhanced the victory of our foes as it did at Vicksburg. Had Gen. Polk retired upon Mobile, Sherman would have thrown himself in his rear and cut off his supplies, as Grant did at Vicksburg ot only failed in his part of the programme, but it seems that he has been beaten back with heavy loss. The retreat of Gen. Polk was a masterly thing. He showed great judgment when he declined to accept battle and retired behind the Tombigbee, ins
e public buildings at this place were destroyed, and a number of private houses. The Barton House, Ragsdale House, and railroad depots were burned, as also the office of the Daily Clarion. The enemy pillaged every house, carrying off everything of any value. Provisions were taken from almost every family. Sherman laid waste all the country through which his army passed on his return to Vicksburg. He occupied the Ragsdale House for his headquarters while here, and McPherson occupied Gen. Polk's old headquarters. Demopolis, March 4.--A dispatch from Gen. Jackson, dated Sharon, seven miles from Canton, Feb. 23, says he overtook the enemy at that point on the 27th, and was skirmishing. The enemy crossed his whole force at Ratcliff's and Callum's ferries, and proceeded to Canton, where they were reported on short rations and broken down.--It was thought they would destroy a portion of the railroad north of Canton, and go at once to Vicksburg. About twenty-five had been kille