From Mississippi and Alabama.
Memphis letters dated on the 11th inst, published in the Cincinnati Gazette of Saturday, give the following terrible accounts of the condition of affairs in Mississippi and Alabama:
"When Jeff. Davis undertook to enforce the conscription in East Tennessee, about four-fifths of the loyal Union men of that section went through the mountains to Kentucky, where they joined the Union army. A similar attempt in North Alabama and Mississippi is now driving the Union men away from their families and forcing them to take up arms against the kingdom of Jeff. There is a perfect reign of terror in North Alabama and North Mississippi, and daily the Union armies are receiving recruits, who gladly enlist and support the Union and constitution.
"Great outrages are now experienced by the unfortunate residents of North Alabama and Mississippi. In the latter State the Legislature recently enacted a law embracing as conscripts all men not included in the Confederate act. The act of Jeff. Davis includes all from eighteen to forty years of age, and that recently passed takes all from forty to sixty years of age. The territory of Mississippi has been laid off in districts of twenty miles, and recruiting Colonels appointed for each district. A thousand Colonels have been appointed to enforce the conscript act, and the militia act in North Alabama is worse. Many Union men in that section state that violent efforts are made to form them into the Confederate ranks. The Union men have long hid out in the woods and caves, rather than be taken as conscripts. This inclined a novel hunt for them. Guerrillas and bloodhounds have been put upon their track, and many poor victims have been smelt out in this way.
"Not long since a young girl, carrying food to her father, who was hiding in a cave, was attacked by one of these blood-hounds and torn to pieces.
"It is estimated not less than one thousand Union men from Mississippi and Alabama have made their way to Corinth, where Gen. Dodge made all possible provisions for them. General Dodge sent out and brought in the families of the persecuted and down-trodden Unionists, and has established a sort of encampment or home for all these families at Purdy, where they are likely to be freed from persecutions.
"At Corinth a regiment is forming of Union men from Alabama and Mississippi. It already numbers six full companies. This regiment is made up from among those who have recently suffered persecutions.
"Abraham Kennedy and J. A. Mitchell, of Hackelbo settlement, Monroe county, Alabama, have been hung by the rebels for indulging Union proclivities. Mr. Hollwork and daughter, of the same county, have been shot; and Rector Lewis, an immediate neighbor, of suspected Union sentiments, was hunted by bloodhounds and captured. The houses of J. A. Palmer, Worly Williams, and other Union men, were burned over their families' heads, and the people living in the neighborhood notified that if they harbored them their own houses would be burned. Mr. Peterson, living at the head of Bull Mountain, was killed for Union sentiments. Two women in Tuscumbia county were torn to pieces by bloodhoods. In addition to the foregoing, one hundred families driven out of Alabama, reached Corinth on foot without food or clothing. Some of the fugitives are old men, 80 years of age."