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t to expedite the evacuation of Richmond; for the rear of that city will be opened to Grant with the possession of this road. Secondly, while the principal columns on both sides, as between Grant and the enemy, are operating near Dalton and Knoxville, there are, extending westward from Chattanooga to the Mississippi river, several heavy Union flanking columns moving south ward, or awaiting their opportunity for a blow at some opposing rebel detachment. For instance, Generals Smith and Grierson, with a heavy body of cavalry, are reported by the rebels as advancing southward from the extreme northwestern corner of Mississippi supported by a column of six thousand infantry, which the rebel Gen. Forrest was vainly endeavoring to hold in check Thus. from the north, the commanding corner of Georgia, and the entire front of Alabama and Mississippi, are covered by the advancing forces of the Union. Thirdly, Admiral Farragn; with a powerful squadron, expressly prepared for the purpo
The Daily Dispatch: March 11, 1864., [Electronic resource], The Robberies of the Yankees in Mississippi. (search)
tes have proved utter failures. They have brought paper money in computation. Paper money won't fight. There is very little personal danger to be apprehended from a bank note, and there is no case on record of a man having been bayonetted by a $1 bill. The new draft, which commenced in the Yankee States yesterday, will result as all the others have. The $300 commutation clause is still in force, and the green backs will pour in. The disastrous defeat of Gillmore in Florida, the rout of Grierson and Smith in Mississippi, the disgraceful failure of Sherman's advance on Mobile, the repulse of the last "on to Richmond," and the general gloom thrown over the Yankee prospects by these occurrences, will not encourage going into the ranks. The commutation might be advanced to $600, and it would be cheerfully paid. With our strengthened armies in the field, let our people take courage and do all in their power to sustain them in comfort. The stage is cleared. The curtain is slowly risi
ed. Owing to the exhaustion of his horses, the want of arms and munitions, and other causes, Forrest could array a force of only 2,400 men to confront Smith and Grierson's column of 7,000 of the best equipped cavalry the Yankees have ever put in the field. Forrest's men, too, were mostly new and untried, especially in the cavalre troops he had borrowed from General Maury, sent imperative orders to Lee and Forrest to unite their forces, and at every cost to crush and drive back Smith and Grierson's cavalry. Lee did not receive these orders in time to reach Forrest with his force, which was already greatly exhausted by the continual skirmishing with Sng with the utmost coolness the impetuous charge of the Yankee chivalry. On came the splendidly mounted dragoons, under those far-famed Yankee chiefs, Smith and Grierson, with such fierce displays of valor and determination as augured badly for Forrest's infantry scouts, scattered through the bushes and over the prairie in rather