A rebel force is still hovering about the vicinity of Richmond, said to be six thousand strong.
We may be attacked again, but I doubt not we will give a good account of ourselves if so. Two additional regiments have come into this camp since the battle, and in several particulars we are better prepared to inspect rebel troops.
Yours, G. G. Edwards.
Cairo, June 15, 1863.
The battle of Milliken's Bend occurred on Saturday and Sunday, the sixth and seventh inst., the first attack having been made on the afternoon of Saturday, closing with the retreat of the rebels before nightfall.
I gather the following in regard to the affair from an officer of the steamer Dunleith, just from the scene of action.
It would appear that the Union forces at Milliken's Bend were under the command of a colonel of Iowa volunteers — supposed to be the Twenty-third--and his force consisted of two Iowa regiments and one or two colored regiments, new in the service,
e Gulf, before Port Hudson, July 8. To Major-General Frank Gardner, Commanding C. S. Forces, Port Hudson:
General: In reply to your communication dated the seventh instant, by flag of truce received a few moments since, I have the honor to inform you that I received yesterday morning, July seventh, at forty-five minutes past tenlate letters I have informed you how, step by step, we were encroaching upon the enemy, until all resistance would be useless.
Some — where about midnight of the seventh, a Lieutenant of Holcomb's battery came to the tent of Major-General Augur's Assistant Adjutant-General, and said that the enemy were sounding a bugle, which foree captain, said he did not believe, even then, that Vicksburgh had capitulated.
Another amusing instance came to my knowledge.
News having reached us on the seventh instant of the fall of Vicksburgh, Colonel Nelson, commanding the colored regiment on our right, received official intelligence of the same from his commander, Genera