the river trumped up a very ingenious theory some time ago, by which the writers proved — to their own great satisfaction — that Colonel Ellet was lost, with every body else on board the ram Lancaster, while attempting to pass the batteries at Vicksburgh.
On Tuesday morning, April fourteenth, Lieutenants H. B. Skinner and C. C. Dean of General Dudley's staff, and Lieutenant Tenney, Quartermaster of the Thirtieth Massachusetts volunteers, went up from Baton Rouge to Port Hudson in the Richmon accomplish.
The Admiral is well, and has seen considerable service since passing the port.
He reports heavy batteries erected at Grand Gulf, which fired on him in going up and coming down.
There are batteries also at Warrenton, just below Vicksburgh.
The ram Switzerland is with him. He is now blockading the mouth of Red River, down which a large amount of the enemy's supplies come.
He reports that the rebels have only four days provisions at Port Hudson, and is of opinion that there are