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elieved his rations would hold out thirty days, but urged Johnston to come to his relief within ten days at the farthest. Cavalry horses have been turned loose and driven towards our lines, owing to the lack of forage. There was ammunition enough to last sixty days, with the single exception of gun caps. Those were scarce. All confidently expected superhuman efforts to be made by those outside to raise the siege. They consider Vicksburg the strongest place in the Confederacy. Gen. Blair has met no enemy in force, and the reports of Johnston being near are disbelieved. A cavalry reconnaissance three days ago discovered a small force, and had one man killed and four wounded. This morning the heaviest cannonading of the siege was kept up without intermission for nearly three hours. New batteries have lately been put in position, and one hundred and fifty guns are playing on the city. At daylight this morning the firing was rapid beyond belief. The reports of the