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es — sparing neither age, nor sex, nor condition. They have nearly destroyed Jackson by fire. It was also so at Brandon and Clinton, both of which to was are said to be in ruins. We hear of some atrocious acts, premeditated and accomplished, which we shall not give expression to. The Mobile Tribune, of the 10th, says: We have certain news that the enemy was at Morton yesterday (Tuesday) in heavy force of infantry and artillery. Brandon is about fourteen miles from Jackson, and Morton about twenty five, on the Southern Railroad, whose terminus is Meridian, and which is about ninety five miles from Jackson. Enterprise is about fourteen miles this side of Meridian. Whether the enemy is marching from Morton towards Meridian or Enterprise, or towards some point lower down on the railroad, is not known to us. It is probable that he is aiming for the Bigbee river. Of this, however, we know nothing. It is only certain that one of the chief objects of his movements in th
and was prosecuted with steadiness up to last dates. His route was first due east from Jackson along the Southern Mississippi Railroad. Gen. Polk, with his forces, had retired to Meridian from Jackson, where he had skirmished somewhat with the enemy. At Meridian the Mississippi Railroad joins the Mobile and Ohio Railroad, which runs north and south, crossing the line of the Mississippi Railroad at right angles. He was there awaiting Sherman's approach; but when the Yankee commander reached Morton, sixty-one miles from Meridian, he divided his forces, sending McPherson with a column obliquely to the right, to march to Shubuts, upon the Mobile and Ohio Railroad, ninety six miles from Mobile, in order to intercept Polk and get between him and Mobile. Upon the approach of the column under Hurlbut — with which Sherman, it is supposed, continued — to Meridian, Polk retired — in what direction, we are not informed. It is inferred that the portion of the enemy's forces at Meridian turned s<