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phis, 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 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 Federal uniform on is hung as soon as captured. The formidable batteries along the Mississippi, on the first line above the water batteries, are all silenced save one at the extreme upper part of Vicksburg, which mounts two heavy guns and two 28-pounders. The rebel battery on Fort Hill is composed of six guns of very heavy calibre. Our forces have mounted six heavy guns in front and a battery bearing diagonally at that poi