NP, RD 3/9A/1864

From the Richmond Daily Dispatch
March 9, 1864
The Mississippi campaign
   A correspondent of the Montgomery Advertiser, writing from Demopolis, Ala, February 28th, furnishes the following interesting review of matters in Gen Polk's Department,
   On Sunday, the 14th, Lieut. General Polk evacuated Meridian, with his little army, heavily pressed by an enemy thirty-five thousand strong. Before the evacuation, however, every article belonging to the different departments of the Government had been moved. The rolling stock of four important railroads had been saved not a car was left, and scarcely a wheel left. The locomotives and cars belonging to the Mobile & Ohio road were safely housed in Mobile. Those of the other roads were brought to the Tombigbee and safely placed upon this side of the river. It was a moral and great railroad centre. The little town of Meridian stood lonely amid the silence of pin barrens, without a noise to disturb its solicitude or a thrill whistle to arenas its inhabitants. The garrison belonging to Mobile had been safely returned to their duties there, and Mobile was as safe as the department at Richmond intended it to be. General Polk with his band of heroes, retired safely to this place, ready and prepared for an emergency.