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filled with the plans of the great South western campaign, Sherman was to invade Mississippi with three columns. --One--the larger — to leave Vicksburg; another Western Tennessee, down the Mobile and Ohio railroad; and the third was to land at Pascagoula There three columns were to unite at some point, capture Mobile, then Montgomery, and occupy all of Mississippi, and that portion of the State of Alabama, west of the Alabama river. To accomplish this grand object, Sherman was given 70,000 vely Grierson or Smith began their march through North Mississippi with twelve or fifteen thousand cavalry and mounted infantry. Mobile, at the same time, was threatened by water with the enemy's fleet of gunboats, and by land from Pensacola and Pascagoula. The question naturally arose with those anxious about the fate of this section what was to be the result ? General Polk had recently been placed in command of this Department. He assumed command late in December, and scarcely had more tha