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From the Southwest and Trans-Mississippi. Meridian, May 2. --The Mississippi river is rising rapidly. The Red. Ouachita, and other river, are falling. Gen. Mouton had five bullets through his breast. Green was killed by a stray shell from a gunboat two days after the battle of the 9th. The expedition was planned by Franklin, and the Yankees expected to make Shreveport their base, and therefrom to enter Texas through the northeastern counties. Banks was sure of finding Steels in poRouge are crowded to excess with wounded. The extent of our victory on Red river cannot be exaggerated. Prince Polignac was promoted on the field. His clothes were riddled with bullets. He succeeds Monton and Wharton succeeds Green. Meridian, May 8, via Mobile, May 8.--Lieut. W. R. Wron, of Wirt Adams' cavalry, went within six miles of Vicksburg recently, capturing and killing a number of Yankees and bringing away their equipments. He destroyed two Government plantation and brought
From Gen. Bank's Department. --The Meridian (Miss) Clarion has some intelligence from Bank's Department. It seems that he set his house in order before starting to get his thrashing from Kirby Smith: The latest order is that planters are ordered to plant cotton, if not their property is confiscated. The tax is one half to be given to the U. S., one fourth to be sold them payable after the war and one fourth cash, or in plain English the Yankee Government takes all the cotton, and pays for one-fourth. Magruder and Price were reported by the Yankees as being at Shreveport, and they admit a severe defeat. The dash of Col. Powers into Port Hudson is confirmed. There are but two white regiments in Baton Rouge, one of which is an Ohio regiment. They are tired of the war and wish to quit, and say they will whip us this summer. The whole country is full of spies. The negroes are paid to report what ever they can learn. The Yankees themselves can be purchased. An Englis