ain their stronghold.
Admiral Porter at once steamed up to Alexandria.
This success gives us control of one of the richest cotton regions of the Southwest.
The Army of the Potomac.
Lieut.-General Grant and staff arrived at the headquarters of the Army of the Potomac yesterday, (25th,) and at once ordered the army to be got ready for his inspection.
He was received with much enthusiasm.
The First and Third Corps have been consolidated and attached to the Sixth, commanded by Major-Gen Sedgwick, Gen. Hancock has assumed the command of the Second Corps, which is now one of the largest in the army.
Deserters continue to arrive in our lines.
Secretary Chase, under the authority of the act authorizing the sale of the surplus gold in the Treasury, has determined to issue "gold notes," receivable for duties, with which he proposes to anticipate the payment of interest on the public debt due up to 1st January 65. That due on or before the 1st of July next will b