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The surprising genius who presides over the at Jackson tells us that " staff officer who left Vicksburg on Monday (last week) reports the garrison closely besieged." We had heard something of the kind before, but the report of the staff officer places the matter beyond question. He tells us further that the Yankees. "admit that our tire was very destructive, and the accuracy of our guns unequalled. " This was very candid in the Yankees, and the confession is worth its weight in gold. It would have added greatly to the interest of the story had the reporter been pleased to tell how this Yankee confession was gotten at, how it came to be made, and who was the happy man that received it.--The Yankees are generally very reticent in such matters, and much more prone to underrate then exaggerate the losses on their side and the of their enemy. If we have extorted the truth (and such a truth) from them at last they must have been awfully punished indeed. We should say they were scarcely a degree this side of annihilation.

Vicksburg at my rate, still holds out — the wonder and the example of the whole Confederacy. That she will ever be reduced by Grant we cannot find it in our hearts to believe it is true his mines are advancing, but the garrison is countermining, and the chances are at least even that the engineer will be "hoist with his own petard" before he reaches the rampart he designs to blow into the air. Should he even make a breach by means of his mines, yet many a breach has been kept, and many an assailant repulsed, before to-day by a brave and devoted garrison such as that which defends Vicksburg. There will be desperate fighting at the breach, and hundreds of Yankees will bite the dust before they are permitted to take possession of the city.

Besides the noble example which the heroic defenders of Vicksburg and their noble commander have act to the whole Confederacy, they have done great service in convincing a large party in the Northwest that the best and safest plan to obtain the navigation of the Mississippi is not by force of arms. They see that they cannot obtain it in this way, and as they went to war for that and nothing else, they will be clamorous for peace, as the only means of gaining their object. The leaven already begin to work — the new draft is universally abhorred, and in some places openly resisted. All this promises us advantage, and it has been obtained by the valor of our soldiers.

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