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e gunboat at New Madrid made a reconnaissance some distance dawn the river, but were induced to put back by the appearance of our gunboats. A large number of coal barges, with sweeps, have been secured and prepared by the enemy at New Madrid and Point Pleasant, the object of which is to be to assist in placing a portion of their troops across the river below the island, with the hope of cutting off supplies to our forces. The Memphis Argue, of the evening of the 8th says: "The H. R. W. Hill arrived this morning from Hollinsville, having left there last evening. Everything around Madrid bend and Island 10 was quiet — so her officers informed us. The gunboat which passed the island and reached New Madrid is supposed to be the Benton or Essex. It had come down to Point Pleasant, and was lying under the of the battery opposite Tiptonville" The Peninsula. A correspondent of the Petersburg Express, writing from the Peninsula, April 10, says: The enemy have attack