ent position, and a citizen who came over yesterday evening says that he is certainly shifting the guns at Battery No. 5; but whether they are being removed or replaced with others of different calibre could not be ascertained.
There was a heavy explosion heard yesterday afternoon on the Chesterfield Peninsula, and a heavy smoke was seen shortly after in a straight line east from Dunlop's, on the Petersburg road.
It was supposed some of Butler's powder magazines had "gone off" unexpectedly.
From the Trans-Mississippi it is stated that General Buckner is to take the place of General Dick Taylor, in East Louisiana. General Taylor left that army, in consequence of a disagreement with Lieutenant-General E. Kirby Smith, after the defeat of Banks.
He demanded to be relieved by General Smith, and his demand was complied with.
General Smith was in Houston, Texas, on the 1st instant.
In Texas, Governor Murrah is busy organizing the reserve troops, providing arms, ammunition, &c.
ned forces, to co-operate with Price, were to invade Missouri with twenty thousand, or what force President Davis could furnish; and that the one hundred thousand in all were to hold Missouri against any Federal force brought against them.
Indiana was to furnish forty thousand or sixty thousand men to co-operate with whatever force Ohio might send; and all these were to be thrown on Louisville, and were to co-operate with whatever force President Davis could send to Eastern Kentucky, under Buckner and Breckinridge, or whoever he might deem best to conduct the operations.
This was the programme Dr. Bowles gave the witness in the early part of May, 1864. Early in June, of the present year, Dr. Bowles told the witness that the uprising would take place if they could obtain the co-operation of Colonels Jesse, Siphert and Walker, in Kentucky.
A report of the testimony says:
William Clayton, another witness for the Government, testified that the organization first contemplated brin
and all along shore.
The railroad is complete to the Opequan, and will soon be running to near Winchester.
Later from Louisiana.
An arrival at New York, from New Orleans on the 19th, gives the following Yankee news:
It is said that Allen, who assumes to be rebel Governor of Louisiana, has organized at Shreveport, in that State, ten regiments of negroes, who are to be armed and equipped from the proceeds of cotton sales at Matamoras.
There is a report that the rebel General Buckner has ten thousand troops at Alexandria, Louisiana, where there are said to be abundant supplies of beef and corn.--One of our New Orleans correspondents says that a gentleman has arrived in that city with permission from President Lincoln to bring twenty thousand bales of cotton into the Union lines.
The large supply of cotton recently stopped by the rebel authorities on its way across Texas to Brownsville has been released.
The House of Representatives of the Louisiana Legislature has