From the Southwest.
For the past few days public attention has been withdrawn in a measure from their rations around Vicksburg
by the brilliant achievements of our army under Gen. Lee
on the Northern
border of Virginia
and in Pennsylvania
It is gratifying to know, however, that our successes on the Mississippi
rival those of our arms on the Potomac
A dispatch was yesterday received by President Davis
from Gen. Johnston
stating that Gen. Kirby Smith
, with his corps, had taken possession of Milliken's Bend
, above Vicksburg
, cutting off the supplies and communication of the enemy.
This is, in effect, raising the siege of Vicksburg
, and in a few days we may expect the most cheerful tidings from that important and beleaguered point.