Gen. Johnston's retreat Grant Pursuing in heavy.
Force — the Vicksburg paroled prisoners.
Morton, Miss, July 18.
's army is still slowly falling back.
Up to 4 o'clock yesterday none of Grant
's troops, except about 2,000 cavalry, had crossed Pearl river
Our cavalry is skirmishing with their's beyond Brandon
Citizens who came out since the evacuation of Jackson
, say that the citizens there had sent a flag of truce to Grant
formally surrendering the city.
assure them that private property would be respected.
Their cavalry came in at 8 o'clock and took possession.
, and Cummings
, and all the field officers captured at Vicksburg
, have been exchanged.
The men had straggled all over the country.
is lying dangerously ill, unable to be brought to Lewis
's cavalry has just returned from Grant
It captured and destroyed a train of 100 commissary wagons.
It reports an enormous force at Canton
's army crossed the river in heavy force yesterday and is moving on us.
[Morton, where this dispatch in dated, is on the Southern
(Mississippi) Railroad, 79 miles from Vicksburg
and 24 from Jackson