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half mile short of its mark. General Smith obtained an excellent view of the rebel 'for', camp and garrison, and immediately returned with his brigade to Paducah, having met with the fullest success in the reconnoisance. The occupation of Smithland. General Grant ordered the occupation of Smithland, the location of which we have already stated, as that point occupies a central position, and is of considerable straisgical value, as a force stationed there would be at all times ready toSmithland, the location of which we have already stated, as that point occupies a central position, and is of considerable straisgical value, as a force stationed there would be at all times ready to co-operate with any movement, either on the Tennessee or Cumberland river, as circumstances might require. Thus it will be seen, from the brief resume of the movements of the several brigades of Gen. Grants first expedition towards Columbus, it was not, as some supposed, a failure, but, on the contrary, was a decided success in the objects for which it left Cairo. The second expedition, the result of which we now record, was based upon the information derived from the first, and its g