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From Mississippi. Meridian, March 4. --The work of repairing the railroads destroyed by the enemy is progressing rapidly. Three miles of track and three bridges were destroyed on the Southern road, ten miles of track on the Selma road, and thirty-five miles of track on the Mobile and Ohio road. Sherman burned a great deal of property here, and at Marion, Enterprise, Lockhart, and Lauderdale Stations. All the 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.
is reason to believe that Gen. Sherman expected when he marched out of Vicksburg to reach Selma, in Alabama. The heavy column of cavalry that started from Memphis, and constituted an important partnot designed to draw him in that direction, Sherman would have occupied Meridian, Demopolis, and Selma, and thus have rendered his escape impossible, and the fall of Mobile, from lack of provisions and without a blow, a matter of absolute certainty. The possession of Mobile and Selma would have given the Federal commander two important water bases, the one on the Mississippi at Vicksburg the otblished in the triangle formed by the Alabama and Tombigbee rivers and the railroad leading from Selma to Demopolis and Meridian, and we should no more have been able to dislodge him from his position to move upon Mobile without exposing his flanks and rear to ruinous assaults, or to march upon Selma and Montgomery, except after a delay and a series of engagements on the Tombigbee, and Alabama,