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Rear-Admiral D. D. Porter, writing to the Navy Department from Cairo, Ill., under this date, says:
The river below seems quiet.
There has been but one attempt made to obstruct commerce or transportation.
A party of guerrillas attacked the gunboat Champion from behind the levee while she was convoying a body of troops below.
The troops passed on safely, and the Champion stopped and fought the rebels until she made them retire, losing some of their men — report says fifty-seven.
They have not been heard of since, excepting that they were falling back on Alexandria, General Herron having given them a chase with his division.
As I came up, I overtook a part of the Marine Brigade under Colonel Curry.
He reported to me that he had just captured at Bolivar three rebel paymasters with two million two hundred thousand dollars in confederate money to pay off the soldiers at Little Rock.
He also captured the escort consisting of thirty-five men. This will not im