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The Daily Dispatch: February 25, 1864., [Electronic resource], The movements of the enemy in Mississippi. (search)
have of the enemy's movements in Mississippi will be found under our telegraphic head. From this it will be observed that Sherman is moving back from Meridian with as much celerity as attended his march from Vicksburg to the Alabama border. With the extent of the preparations made to intercept his retrograde movement we are not at all familiar, but presume our authorities have hardly permitted so favorable an opportunity to pass without adequate arrangements for a proper chastisement of such Yankee insolence. Unless forced to do so, Sherman will not re-cross the Big Black in his retreat, but will halt at Jackson until his forces are sufficiently recruited to undertake another expedition to the rich counties in Eastern Mississippi. His retreat was evidently the result of the future of Grierson to unite with him, and from the slight information we have we are justified in hoping that Forrest and Lee have completely intercepted and will make proper disposition of this marauder.
A rich country. --A Southern exchange gives the following description of the country through which the enemy's forces, under Grierson, were to pass to the assistance of Sherman. It will be gratifying to know that such a fruitful district has been partially relieved from the depredations of the Yankees: From Pontotoc, Mississippi, to the southern boundary line of Noxubee county, a distance of 89 or 90 miles from 40 to 50 in width, there is an area of country rich as the Delta of the Nile. Magnificent plantations are spread on either side of the Mobile and Ohio Railroad level as the sea, and dotted with abodes of wealth and intelligence.--Pontotoc, Aberdeen, Columbus, and Macon, are the centres of local trade for all this region. These towns have an aggregate population of perhaps 30,000, and the narrow territorial limits of their trade illustrates the fact we have stated, that in losing control of this region the South has lost its richest granary. Though penetrated by a