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om the Southwest, received by mail yesterday, represents General Joe Johnston as crossing the Big Black in force, leaving Breckinridge at Jackson. The garrison at Vicksburg is said to be in fine spirits and confident of success. On the other hand, we have good grounds for believing that Grant has been reinforced from Memphis, probably by detachments from Rosecrans's army. Rosecrans himself appears to be falling back, which renders this supposition still more probable. We presume that General Bragg will follow him closely, should he be moving, as reported, towards Nashville. An officer lately from Port Hudson reports our loss in the engagement there at six hundred. The negroes in the Yankee army were put in front, and they broke at the first fire. As many of them were killed by the Yankees as by the Confederates. The whereabouts of Kirby Smith is still in doubt, some saying that he crossed at Port Hudson with eighteen thousand men, whilst others contradict the news of h
hey were probably spies, and directed him to order a court, and if they proved to be spies to execute them immediately, which was done; and they were tried, condemned to be hung, and the sentence was carried into execution before 10 o'clock this morning. On being discovered they confessed they were officers in the rebel army, one a colonel, named Lawrence W. Orton, formerly W. Orton Williams. One claims to be a first cousin to Robert Lee, and is said to have been chief of artillery on Gen. Bragg's staff, and formerly to have been on Gen. Scott's staff of the 2d regular cavalry. Miscellaneous. A letter from Folly Island, S. C., says a reconnaissance in full revealed the fact that there are only 1,000 on the island. The Ohio Democratic State Convention was to assemble at Columbus on the 11th inst. to nominate a candidate for Governor and other State offices. Hon. C. L. Vallandigham is the most prominent candidate for the Gubernatorial nomination. John Wood, the