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nce that the Stars and Stripes are floating over the City of Vicksburg!
They likewise said their flag was floating over the Capitol in this city.
If Vicksburg falls, it will be a sad day for us; if it does not fall, it will be a sad day for the war party of the United States.
It may be decisive, one way or the other.
If we beat them, we may have peace.
If they beat usalthough the war will not and cannot terminate — it may degenerate into a guerrilla warfare, relentless and terrible!
A dispatch from Gen. Johnston, dated 27th inst, says fighting at Vicksburg had been in progress ever since the 19th instant, and that our troops have been invariably successful in repulsing the assults.
Other dispatches say the unburied dead of the enemy, lying in heaps near our fortifications, have produced such an intolerable stench that our men are burning barrels of tar without their works.
But still all is indefinite.
Yet, from the persistent assaults of the enemy it may be inf