remains unmolested, and affairs are moving on there about as usual.
Trains are running on the roads from Water Valley
, and from Grenada
The telegraph will soon be in operation in that region.
is, consequent on the fall of Vicksburg
and Port Hudson
, at last in the forcible and positive possession of the Yankee
The vandals, its mediately on the landing from their war fleet, the broadsides of which commanded the city, seized the palatial residences of Messrs. David Stanton
, A. L. Wilson
, and others, and that of the widow Fred
, Stapton, and converted them into their head quarters, barracks, hospitals, guard houses, etc. They also seized over 2,000 negroes in Natchez
and vicinity, and have converted the large warehouses of the city into quarters for them.--There negroes they at once put to work erecting fortifications around the city, as a provision against an inland attack and recapture by land.
The farms in the country for miles around have been robbed of negroes, stock, etc., and pickets and strong lines of seminole stationed on every road, batteries planted on the bluff and adjoining heights commanding the interior and the lowlands of Louisiana
opposite; commissary stores, provisions, and supplies of all kinds, have been impressed, all communication between the city and country interdicted and the rich and poor place on a common level, and the loyal people of that city and district left to starve or be the recipients of Yankee charity.
A gentleman who left Vicksburg
lately states that a large portion of the Yankee
army has left that place, some going up and others down the river.
is now in command of the department, Gens. Grant
The Federals are running trains of cars from the city to Big Black, and say they will have a bridge across that stream in thirty days, when they intend running to Jackson
, and finally to Meridian
They have a large negro force at work cleaning and repairing the streets, and they allow no goods to be sold except by their sutlers, at stipulated prices.
If a citizen wishes to buy an article from a sutler he gets an order from the commandant of the post, who stipulates the price he has to pay for it. A number of persons are returning to the city and receiving rations from the Yankees
, on a certificate that they are in a destitute condition, and quite a number of persons from town and country are going up voluntarily and taking the oath of allegiance to the Yankee Government
There is no difficulty in getting in or out of Vicksburg
at the present time.
The Mobile Register
says that Alabama
alone can, within the space of two weeks, reinforce Gen. Johnston
to the extent of fifty thousand men. Such a force will enable him to drive Grant
back to the Mississippi river
and hold him there.