Depends of the West Bank of the Mississippi.
--The Mobile Register
, of the 30th ult., has the following important intelligence:
has displayed no further stomach for the fray since the battle of Elkhorn
, the indefatigable Van-Dorn
has pushed forward to the Mississippi
with all rapidity.
His army is in good condition, much reinforced, and is concentrating at Jacksonport
General Jeff. Thompson
is operating closely in connection with Van-Dorn
's army, and it is thought that some Federals in the neighborhood of New Madrid may be hurt before long.
Thus both sides are concentrating all their power for the great and desperate struggle for the mastership of the Mississippi river
This movement of Van-Dorn
was executed with great celerity and secrecy.
He was doubtless enabled to accomplish it by the facilities of water transportation.
is on White river
about 50 miles north of it on the Big Black fork
of white river.
It is to be presumed that the gallant General Van
withdrew his forces to the Arkansas river
after the battle of Elkhorn
, dropped down the river and ascended the White
What force is still with Price
and Pike, is not known; but doubtless enough to keep Curtis
is about sixty or seventy miles from New Madrid in a direction a little south of west, and Jacksonport
about the same distance west of Fort Pillow
on the Mississippi
Both of these places are about two hundred miles coastward of the late battle field of Elkhorn
in an air line.
It is gratifying to know that vigorous operations for the defence of the west bank of the Mississippi
are thus initiated.