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e that the Proclamation bugbear of the President was the cause.
The Federal programme in the Southwest.
The Corinta correspondent of the Cincinnati Gazettes says it was stated there that a strong Federal force, from the direction of Memphis, has occupied Tupelo, and that in a few days another strong column will move down on the Memphis and Charleston, and Mississippi Central roads, and, taking possession of Grenada and Jackson, cut up the railroad connecting with Vicksburg, destroy Meridian, the junction of the first-named roads — thus preventing railroad communication with Richmond — and move upon Vicksburg from the rear, while their gunboats engage the Confederates from the river.
The writer adds:
There is probably no move which can be made by our Generals that would be easier of accomplishment and none, certainly, which promises richer results.
The army of Van-Dorn and Price had already been badly whipped, and yet that is the only considerable force between us and Mob