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The Southwest. The news from 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
egroes fled at the approach of our troops, and followed them into our lines. Telegrams from Memphis, to the 3d inst., say that Gen. Osterhaus was watching Joe Johnston on the west side of Black river bridge with an entire division, ready to intercept his junction with Gen. Pemberton. Gen. Johnston had shown himself with a strGen. Johnston had shown himself with a strong force near the bridge on the 1st and 2d inst., but fell back again to Jackson on encountering the fire of our troops. The same authority states that communication with Gen. Banks is kept up on the Louisiana shore, that guerillas infest the region between Lake Providence and Grand Gulf with impunity, and that every negro with a have mounted six heavy guns in front and a battery bearing diagonally at that point. Dispatches from Vicksburg. The dispatches from Gen. Pemberton to Gen. Johnston, captured on Thursday, read, "Our forage is all gone. The men are on quarter rations. The ammunition is nearly exhausted. We can hold out ten days." On
eeks of the spade will show that Vicksburg can be taken. Let the people of the North feel assured of this. General Pemberton was anxious to indicate to General Johnston his exact situation, and sent a trusty fellow, named Douglas — son of a prominent citizen of Illinois, who several years since migrated to Texas, and there joined the rebel service — through his lines, with instructions to make his way by night past the Union pickets, and, seizing the first horse he met, to ride to Gen. Johnston at Jackson.--Last Wednesday night, at dark, he started, and, holding a pass from Pemberton, was allowed to leave the enclosure in the rear of Vicksburg. Youngth him long enough to discover that there was meat in that shell, and sent him to General Grant. To him he delivered the message he was instructed to deliver to Johnston. It was in effect as follows: "I have 15,000 men in Vicksburg, and rations for thirty days--one meal a day. Come to my aid with an army of 30,000 men. Attack Gr