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point at which the enemy aimed was, beyond all doubt, the great railway centre of the Confederacy; and the naval attack upon Mobile, the advance of Sherman upon Meridian, and the forward movement upon Dalton, were all parts of the plan by which that point was to be reached. The scheme was a bold one, and showed great originalityPolk 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 cerimportant 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. Ind
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. J