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he field that I am aware of, but regimental commanders conducted the affair entirely. "This army is in fine health and pretty fair spirits. We believe that Atlanta cannot be taken." From Mobile. We have but little of interest from Mobile. At last accounts the enemy's vessels were cruising about Dog River bar, and thing upon our batteries and gunboats without effect. A large force is advancing through North Mississippi, with the probable intention of co-operating in the attack upon Mobile. An official dispatch, received yesterday at the War Department, states that our commanding general learns by flag-of-truce that Admiral Buchanan is doing very well and in a fair way to recover. The command at Mobile is safe in the hands of General Higgins, who is a thoroughly educated naval officer, skillful, enterprising and intrepid — just the man to use all the appliances of art to strengthen marine defences, and to hold them to the last desperate extremity, if necessary.
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Charleston. In other words, this city is a long ways from "going up." General Canby does not command troops enough to take the city by land, nor Farragut ships enough to break through the guns and obstructions on the water front. Brigadier-General Higgins, who seems to have command of the harbor defences of Mobile, has issued the following order to prevent the surrender or evacuation of any more forts: I. In view of the recent evacuation of Fort Powell without orders, and of the surmost of the liquor out of them, were also picked up. The fleet seemed to be busily engaged in repairing damages. There were no vessels this side of Cedar Point when he left that locality. It is his opinion that the fleet is more seriously injured than is generally supposed. Commander Ebenezer Farrand has taken command of the fleet at Mobile, in consequence of the capture of Buchanan. Brigadier-General-Higgins, in a general order, compliments the commander and garrison of Fort Morgan.