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on the night of the 26th instant, and moved northward in two columns on the morning of the 27th. He also reports that all attempts to cross the Combahee have so far failed. General Taylor reports that the enemy, in some force, came towards Clinton from Baton Rouge and Bayou Sara, and returned. Activity is reported on the Mississippi river, troops going up and down. Most of Thomas's army are reported to have marched west from Columbia to Clinton, on the Tennessee river. A portioClinton, on the Tennessee river. A portion of these forces, including A. J. Smith's, are said to be in the vicinity of Huntsville and Eastport. No change in the fleet off Mobile.--The enemy are still leaving Pascagoula. Destructive fire at Summit, Mississippi. On Friday morning, an accidental fire occurred at Summit, Mississippi, on the New Orleans, Jackson and Great Northern railroad, which destroyed twenty-three houses and six hundred bales of cotton, together with a quantity of commissary and other stores.
It appears that the Yankees work the negroes they have freed very hard.--Some ladies of Clinton were, a few days ago, down near Baton Rouge, and saw some Yankee negroes in the forest cutting wood. "Why are you not taking Christmas?" they asked. "We can't," answered the negroes. "Dey charges us fur every day we misses, and if we don't work we'll starve." "How much wood do you have to cut a day?" the ladies asked. "Three cords," was the reply. The sons of Africa labor under a very agreeable delusion when they understand by liberty freedom from work. The Yankee, of all others, is the very instructor to free them from this pleasant error. What an ingenious way he has of leading his sable disciples along the flowery path to Freedom ! No more bondage; no more right of one human being in another. Art thou not a man and a brother? take that axe and cut me three cords a day, and at the end of the week call up and reap the rewards of your labor. Only every day you devote to fr
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