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of which facts have heretofore been the them of the faithful, hard-working, plodding "army correspondent." Individually we don't care. We are banished, "but what's banished but set free." The people will be the only sufferers. As regards general affairs, everything remains in a quiescent attitude. A determined attack has recently been made on Fort Pillow, and a fight is pending at Vicksburg. These two events, should they prove successful to the Federal arms, may change the policy of Halleck with reference to the coming battle. The opening of the Mississippi would enable him to throw a heavy body of troops into Memphis, and thence upon the left of Beauregard. In fact, the Federal General is reported to have remarked that he would take Corinth without firing a gun. It may, therefore, be his design to await the demonstrations on the river. These are the only contingencies on which he can depend to carryout the programme thus enunciated. The probabilities of a Federal succe
ing Confederate Forces: General: I have just received your com- munication of this date. No prisoners of any kind have, so far as I am aware, been delivered to Gen. Villepigue. If you will inform me when and by whom these prisoners have been sent to Gen. V., I will have the matter investigated. No person, whom are var, has been authorized by me to send any prisoner to Gen. Villepigue, and I am very certain that none have been sent. Very respectfully, your ob't serv't, [Signed] H. W. Halleck, Major General. In reply to the proceeding letter, Gen. Villepigue sent the following dispatch. Fort Pillow, May 22, 1862. To Gen. Beauregard: The transaction is no myth, but from what the prisoners say, looks very much like an attempt to communicate the small-pox to my command. They were taken at Pearl and are just from an infected prison at Alton, Illinois. They were received by the second in command while I was reconsidering I endeavored to get Flag-Officer