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on the field. The Union loss was two killed and nineteen wounded. A wagon train and a quantity of arms were captured, together with three prisoners, and the town of Austin was set on fire and destroyed with a large amount of provisions, thus breaking up a nest of guerillas who were making preparations to commence a system of firing on vessels as they had done on the Tennessee. While the town was on fire numerous explosions showed where arms and ammunition had been secreted. On the 29th of May the Marine Brigade reached the Yazoo River, after having performed much valuable service. After the Brigade left the Tennessee River the guerillas re-commenced their operations, but the commanding officers of the small gun-boats exerted themselves to the utmost to make up for the loss of the landing parties. On the 19th of June Acting-Master W. C. Hanford, commanding the U. S. S. Little Rebel, heard that a party of guerillas under Colonel Bissell were lying in wait for gun-boats, prop