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Movements of President Davis --Reception and Speech.--A correspondent of the Salem Reporter writes from Demopolis, Ala., Saturday, October 12, as follows: To day has been a grand occasion in Demopolis. President Davis and staff arrived here by the Eastern train, and were welcomed by a vast concourse of citizens and soldiers — the sweet strains of a military band, and a salute of thirteen guns by Moor's battery. The President, General Johnston, Lieut.-General Hardee and Hen. F. S. Demopolis. President Davis and staff arrived here by the Eastern train, and were welcomed by a vast concourse of citizens and soldiers — the sweet strains of a military band, and a salute of thirteen guns by Moor's battery. The President, General Johnston, Lieut.-General Hardee and Hen. F. S. Lyon, rode to the residence of the latter in a handsome phæton followed by a number of open carriages containing the President's, General Johnston's and Hardee's staff. At 3 o'clock, the President, accompanied by a splendid cortege, reviewed the brigades of General Cockrell, General Pettus and Gen. Moore. The line was formed on the end of the main streets of the town, and was nearly a mile long. The troops made a creditable appearance, and Ellette the highest encomiums from the Chief Magistr
Fatal Accident. --John Terrett, a newsboy and son of W. H. Terrett, of Jackson, Miss., was killed by falling from the cars near Demopolis on the 21st. Mr. Terrett has lost three sons since the commencement of the war--one killed in battle and two accidentally.
The situation in Mississippi. It is the general impression that Sherman will have something else to do before marching direct on Mobile. His expedition may first strike the Tombigbee at Demopolis and capture Selma and Montgomery; but the final point is the Gulf city. The Atlanta Appeal, speaking of the situation, says: The late movement of the enemy in Mississippi, whether regarded as a military enterprise, a strategic policy, or a coup de guerre, is certainly the most extraordinanded at Pascagoula as was expected. The cars on the Mobile and Ohio railroad do not go above Citronelli. Some of our exchanges think Mobile is the place Sherman intends to attack, others think he intends to move on Columbus, Macon and Demopolis.--From Demopils they say the Federal would advance on Tuscaloosa and Selma, with the purpose of co-operating with a column from Huntsville. The Federal were known to be in the vicinity of Decatur, Newton county, Miss., in force, on Saturda
Fatal Affray. --A recounter occurred at Demopolis, Ala, last week, between Col. Wheeler and Major Glover, in which both parties fired two shots. Col. Wheeler received a fatal wound in the breast and Major Glover was wounded in the knee.
he has made his appearance at Quitman, ten miles further South. It is, however, the opinion of the last officers and others who left Meridian and Enterprise, that Sherman's principal force is pushing after Gen. Polk's retiring forces, towards Demopolis. If the Yankee soldiers are not like chameleons, and live on air, it is difficult to see how they can march 80,000 men, and the horses for their transportation and artillery through so barren a country, and for such a distance. The twenty day the movable property of the road, even to the machine shop at Enterprise. The Selma Reporter, of the same date, says: The last and most reliable rumor from the West says that the Yankee army is still at Meridian, and that ours is at Demopolis. Considerable excitement prevails in this city, and the citizens, we believe, are preparing to defend their homes and firesides whenever the emergency arrives. A gentleman who left New Orleans some two weeks since, and made his way into
Sherman's corps. Demopolis, Ala., Feb. 21. --The main column of the enemy is still at Meridian. A detachment has occupied Lauderdale, on the Mobile and Ohio Railroad. A portion of a column of mounted infantry have occupied Aberdeen.
From Mississippi — enemy retiring. Demopolis, Feb. 23. --The enemy's forces along the line of the Mobile and Ohio railroad are making a retrograde movement in the direction of the Mississippi river. Their mounted infantry in North Mississippi are also retiring, being closely pressed by Forrest and Lee.
Good News from Mississippi. [Official Dispatch.] Demopolis, Feb. 24, 1864. To Gen. S. Cooper: The following dispatch just received: Headq'rs, Starkville, Miss, Feb. 22 --Lieut. Gen. Polk: Major General Forrest reports at 9 P. M. yesterday, two miles south of Pontotoc, we have had severe fighting all day with the enemy. The engagement closed about dark. We have killed about 40 of the enemy and captured about 100. Our loss is not known, but is not so heavy as that of the enemy. The prisoners captured report that two of their Colonels and one Lieut. Colonel were killed this evening. Col. Forrest was killed this evening. Col-Barksdale was badly wounded in the breast. Col. McCollock was wounded in the head. We have captured four or five pieces of artillery. Gen. Gholson came up this evening, and will follow after them and drive them as far as possible. The fight commenced near Okolona late this evening and was obstinate, as the enem
The fighting in Mississippi. Demopolis, Feb. 26. --Later intelligence from Mississippi says that Gen. Forrest's forces, during the recent engagement near Okolona, did not exceed two thousand, whilst that of the enemy is estimated at 10,000:Late in the evening of the 22d the latter formed three separate lines and made a desperate stand. They made three charges, in each of which they recalled and were driven back with great slaughter. Many of them passed through our lines and were captured. The next morning the road was lined with sutlers' stores, dead horses, and Yankees. Gen. Forrest's command was too tired to continue the pursuit. Gen. Gholson, with six or 700 State troops, arrived, and went in pursuit. Many of the enemy's wounded fell into our hands. Among our wounded is Col. Bartean, of Bell's brigade, severely in the breast. Gen. Gholson captured many prisoners, small arms, sabres, saddles, and was pursuing their routed columns above Pontotoe.
m 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, 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 importa hand, viz: the Mobile and Ohio and the Vicksburg and Jackson roads. Once in possession of these important points, and his army firmly established 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 than we have been to drive the enemy from he Virginia Peninsula and Fortress Monroe. Indeed, a successful lodgment in this fertile region of Alabama would not
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