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Advance of the enemy upon Jackson, Miss.

Jackson, July 9th, 4 P. M.
--The enemy are skill advancing slowly, shelling our cavalry. They are now within four miles of our works. There will probably be no engagement before morning.

[Second Dispatch.]

Jackson, July 9, 9 P. M.
--A regular artillery duel has been going on for the past hour, three miles off. The Yankees are moving up slowly and steadily. Warm work is looked for at daylight.

[Third Dispatch.]

Jackson, July 10, 8:30 A. M.
--The attack has began. Our batteries opened on them finally. The enemy is evidently in heavy force.

[Fourth Dispatch.]

Jackson, July 10.
--Heavy infantry and artillery skirmishing is going on. The enemy is shelling the city, and has killed several soldiers and citizens. No general engagement has taken place yet. Our troops are in excellent spirits — every man at his post.

[Fifth Dispatch.]

Jackson, July 10.
--The heavy skirmishing continues on the Clinton road. The enemy is slowly working around our left. The attack may yet become general before morning though their troops are still pressing forward. But few men have been lost on our side yet.

The enemy must be suffering for water, as all the cisterns and ponds have been destroyed. The thermometer indicates 92 deg.

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