th of our troops on Sewell Mountain is greatly improving, but during the past three or four weeks great mortality has prevailed among the entire command.
Russell's regiment, which left Lynchburg some three or four weeks since, has lost one hundred and sixty men by death.
Numerous reports prevail among our army as to the whereabouts of Rosencranz.
The most general belief is that he has returned to the valley below Cheat Mountain, and it is supposed that he will take possession of the Big Spring Pass with a part of his forces.
Exchange of prisoners — correspondence between Gens. Grant and Polk.
The Cairo correspondent of the St. Louis Republican,writing on the 14th inst., says the following note was delivered to Gen. Grant under a flag of truce:
Headquarters, 1st Division Western Department. To Commanding Officer at Cairo and Bird's Point:
I have in my camp a number of prisoners of the Federal army, and am informed there are prisoners belonging to the Missour