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VOLUME 23. KRIPA.Y, A.PHI3L, 3, 1863. JSTo. 52
-son 1 ; . : : The Virginian is published every Friday morn- < isg, at $3.00 per annum, if paid in advance, or -Within three months after subscribing, otherwise "s*.6o will be charged. Ne subscription will be received for a less pe riod than six months, for which $1.50 will be charged. JjTo subscription will be discontinued except at the discretion of the proprietors, until all arrear ages shall have been paid up. Any person proenringjafive responsible subscri bers, shall be entitled to a copy gratis. Terms of Advertising. Oae square of 10 lines or less, $1.00 for the erst insertion, and 75 for each continuance. The number of insertions must be marked upon the ■margin, or the advertisement will be continued •tiff forbidden, and charged accordingly. • To those who advertise by the year, a liberal discount from the regular rates will be made. All dues to the office may be remitted by mail, tin (food and available Bank notes, at the risk of She Editors, the person remitting taking the Post master's receipt that the money was deposited in the mail. Obitnaries of more than 10 lines will be charg ed at advertising rates, also tributes of respect, aud $5.00 for announcing candidates. Z HORNER'S M3TTERS. tfo. 111. Bear Cove, Wise county. Va., 1 February 16th, 1863. j To the Editors of the Abingdon Virginian: It's bin a good while since I rit you a letter, and the reason I haven't is, your paper is so little and my letters is ao big. it's sorter like Euttin three bushels of wheat in a two bushel ag. I always have a heap to rite, because there's a heap to rite about, hut I'll make this SS abort as I can consistent with duty to God and man, and what I lack in words I'll make up in idees, so's to make a little mean a great ' deal. I naven't bin to the Saltworks yit, but my oM friend Squire Slocum went over tother wsek to hire out some of the niggers he bo't in Eichmond with his Confederate money, and be see salt is come down amazinly, not be cause they wouMn'l ax as much as ever if they could git it, but because everybody that bad. any meat to put up has done put it up, and there isn't any more demand like there was when it sold so high. Besides, the blood suckers up there has made as much money as I t&ey want and a great deal more than they know ■what to do with, f% some on 'era never had much money before, and it sorter slips thro' their fingers and burns holes in their pockets. *thf* has sot 'em to investin, and they're run nfn all over the country and buyin all theprn- Krty they can jsit, for fear their money won't ai good after while as.it is now. Squire Slocum tea all tbe salt-makem has bin specki latin, but I think he's mistaken. Some on *sm wold at onjy two or three dollars a bushel, but because they'd buy a nigger Worth two thousand dollars for 200 bushels of salt, or swap a bushel of salt for a bunch of cotton, and sell tne cotton for six <»r eight or ten dol - luTS, people sed they was speckilatin in salt. • I say it's no sich thing, it's only speckilatin fh niggers and cotton, and not in salt. But Pll not discuss the salt question now, as I in tend to go round that way and see for myself hdw the cat jump", and tell the peeple the ho liest truth about it. I have a great long account of what I saw and heard on your side when I was over, but as I hate to tell you about my trip to Bristol, I can ealy tell you a little. After I left the Store where they axed me a dollar and a half for a lonse-trap, a shoemaker charged me a quarter for a pair of shoe-strings, a carpenter ■charge* me four dollars for a box about as big as a basket, a blacksmith axed me fifteen dol lars for a pair of spnrs, and a tailor charged me a dollar fur patchjn my brifuhes where the Saddle had wore 'em out. I haven't time to tell you what I sed to these extortioners, but one thing is certain, and that is the last devil on 'eni, it they was as old»ns the Wanderin Jew. ought to be put in tfte army, though I don't bdievft they're titfor soldier*—for a man that weuld extort in times like these wouldn't keer if the Yankees come in to-morrow, if they could make a little money by it. A man must have a soul to be a soldier, and an extortioner hasn't no more soul than a ded dog. But I most tell you about Bristol. I got on tho railroad and went down there, and after knockin round awhile, I found people and things party much as in Abingdon—if any difference, a little more so. I saw my good old friend the editor from Tazewell there. He was flyin round like a swaller tiyin to git into a cbimbly, but seemed raity glad to 6ee me. |jj Ses be to me, Mister Homer, ses he, you've come jist in time to do good, for the devil don't want a better crap than he'll git here, if the people don't do better. Each is tryin • 4b do wuss than totbers in speckilatin, and stab prices as tbey ax is anuff to make the frogs in that pond yander ashamed to sing. Why, Mister editor, ses I, what is it they sell me> Mgb? What is itl ses he, why everything 1b gineral and wpod in partickler—one thing 1 -ft as high as another and higher too—tbe oheapest things is as dear as the dearest, and ♦he dearest things is as cheap as the cheapest. "People ax all their consciences will let 'em ax, 'then tbey choke their consciences to death, sbet their eyes, and dubble the price. Is all the people in this city that sort, ses I? Yes, they »s, no they isn't, sea he—maybe they is *S*od maybe they isn't. I don't know, but may •»?' tbey* is, ses he. Your lucidution is as clear ss mud. ses I; but see here, Mister editor, *wuat in the name of wonderment is all them *|ong hats goin about for? Is the days of me •ficals come agin, that hate can go where they pleases without nobody goin with 'era? Hush, ses he—don't talk so all-fired loud—you aint lb a cotton factory—and I'll tell yon all about it, but you must promise not to tell nobody. I'll keep the secret, ses I, but tell me quick, for I'm sorter afraid of them hats. Well, ses *he, they's all got people in 'em, don't you see ABINGDON VIRGINIAN. • their lfgs ban gin out? Sure anuff, ses I, so * they has, but what makes the people wear 11 • sich long hats when sheep-fur is so scace, and .! what do they git so high up in 'em for? Liu r! ten, and I'll tell you, ses he. When the Van- . 3 kees come this side of Blountville tother week, the people got skeered and run so fast they -1 lost their hats, and as there was no other sort | b in the stores but these long old-fashioned ones,. tbey had to git 'em, or go bare-headed. Now 1 mind your promise, ses he, and don't tell no - body,'for if they find out I told you they'll Jtill me as dead as Judy Cesar. 1 won't tell " it, ses I, and I'll keep that secret if it busts me. Well, Mister editor, ses I, what about the j perlitical news? I see Gov. McMullin has rit i you a letter and wants to go to Congress agin. J Why, yes, ses he, kind in him, isn't it, to of -1 fer to carve the people twenty years more without bein axed; but for my part, if I hadn't 1 foolishly committed myself to Mister Dunn, I'd go for Isaac Booherof Beaver Creek. Bris • tol, you see, is a big place, Bnd it's bound to ' spread and git bigger. That stream of water ' you see down yander is one branch of tbe Mas sasippy river, and if it keeps on growin as fast as it has since I've bin livin here, and we can git Isaac Booher into Congress, I can't ' see any reason why we mayn't have steam boats, and herrin fisheries, and oyster-beds, and gunboats, and sea r/arpints, and mare maids, and everything else that lives or swims in any ojher branch of the Massasippy. If any branch has this right they all has, and if they all has, this branch has, and if it has, Bristol has a right to be a seaport. This is logical reasonin, Mister Homer, and if you don't believe it I'll prove it in my paper. , I don't dispute your persition, Mister cdi , tor, ses I, for in this agin, as you are in every i thing, you are as clear as mud; but I must be , knockin round to see if I can't git some pints i for the Abingdon Virginian. See here. Mis ter Homer, ses he. why don't you rite for my paper? medium is as wide as all put-doors, and more people reads my pa- - pef f ban all the rest of the papers put together, and the reason of it is I gives news they can't • git in any other paper from Chiney to Hotten ; tot, and from Paperville to the Montesumies. And that aint all l **—l gits news that never did happen, and sinh sensations as I can give peo • pie never was."felt since Moses waded through i the Red Sea without rollin up his britches. Stop! stop! Mister editor, ses I, don't kill yourself talliin so fast, fur I'm satisfied, and if Coale & Barr don't print my letters faster than they have bin doin it, I'll git you to print " 'em. So he quit talkin about his paper, callin lit his'n, like he had no partner, and him and me went to santerin round. Jist fernent the Depo I seed a big pile of dirt, and men diggin ard thro Win it up. What's that for, Mister • editor? ses I. To kill the Yankees, ses he.— ! How'll that kill the Yankees? ses I. Why, ses he, when the Yankees come agio they'll • come right up that road yander from Blount i ville like they did before, and when they git ,up clos<i anuff we'll let loose our spontoons , • and knock down the Depo, and the shed, and • Squire Johnson's store, on 'em, and sich a , smash-up as we'll make on 'em never has bin • made since Gineral Joshua of old blowed down . tbe walls of Babylon with sheeps' horns. But, i ses I, it aint in the right place, and.you'll hurt l the town a heap wuss than you'll hurt the • Yankees. Yes it is in the right place, ses he, f tbat's strategy—we'll knock the houses down - on 'em, and kill as many as Sampson did when he pulled down the pillars of the Court •■ House at Philistines. But. ses L maybe the ; Yankees will come round the back way, and , then what good will your spontoons do when ! they're pinted tother way? No difference, ses ! he, we'll knock tho town down anyhow, and i if we can git 'em in these works, we'll gin 'em • hell. Why hi, Mister editor, ses I, have y.iu ; got to swearin since you've bin livin in-Bristol? i - God forgive me. *es he, but let me explain a I little: When I lived in Tazewell, I went to v the Court House so much I got to fiibbin, and i when I felt a spell comin on I took to eatin b chesnuts as fast as I could, and that sorter I brnke me. To keep from swearin, I ginerally i wear a strap buckled tight round my belly, but I eat so many sweet pertatere for dinner i to.-day the strap wouldn't meet round me, and l that bad word I sed jist now slipped out ac l cidentally; but don't you tell nobody, though. 6 for I belong to all the Churches here and in • Abingdon too. and some on 'em mout want to turn me out. What do you belong to so many i churches for? ses I. Why, ses h«, if one church ' is good to take a feller to heaven, a dozen is 1 better, and if there was any more churches ' here I'd jine them too, for I'm afraid its g »in ito be a* pleggy tight squeeze with me to git to i heaven after all. I won't tell it, ses I, and with • God'e blessin I'll keep the secret. Well, ses I, what do you call this fixin anyhow? Don't s you know what a fortytication is? ses be. To Ibe sure I do, ses I—it's two twenfy-fications— , but what's that got to dp with the question I • axed? Well, ses he, this is a fortyfication, . and when thb Yankees burn the bridges agin i we'll put Gineral Marshall in - here with his . pistols, and spontoons, and blunderbusses, I and the way he'll pepper 'em and tare th'ngs ;to pieces will make that branch of tbe Massa- ■ ; sippy down yander roll its waves to the shore i and give up its dead. Maybe so, ses I, but I i haven't got no faith is your pile of dirt, for . the Yankees could git on the top of that hill yander and tare your town and your fortyfi , cations all to pieces before a cat cnuld lick her . ear, and then what good would your spontoons and pour pistols and your blundsrbusses do? i Look here, ses I, the man that invented that fixin ought to git him a pair of feather britches • and go to hatchin eggs, for he aint fit to tight Yankees, and you can put that in your paper if you want to. He put his hands in hisgalloses and trotted off like be was in a powerful hur ry, and I went to Mister Hammer & Bibb's and got a first rate supper. When I went in :to the supper-room, I pulled off my hat and t was about to lay it up on a place made to put . hats on, when Mister Bibb ses to me ses he, , Mister Homer, keep your hat on while you » oat. for if you take it off soniebody'll steal it 5 before you can wink your oye, and I wouldn't •ronder if tbey was tosteal it off your head. No ;hey wont nuther, thinks I to myself and I ield it on with one hjttad and eat with tother. Next mornin I started home, and before I ;ot to Clinch Tiver I pet a rampant Kentucky ire-eater, who was wyßin to give up his home md his life and all m bad for the- Southern Confederacy 1 , ridin one horse and leadin an other loaded with coflee, which he was ped dlin out at five dollam a pound, to the very people that he and ether refugees bad eat auten house long ago. This sorter ?ot me back a little,?*for I thought that the Kentuckinn that com* across the mountains wanted to fight, but setae on 'em like this one, it seems, come to make what they can outen the sufi-erins of tire pej*Je that fed''em when they had nothin to ea**i*! This letter's longer them I wanted it to git, »o I'll cut it off like a saw-log, by subscribin myself yours till deatlfo MSHACH HORNER. Tbe Yazoo Pass Expedition. Description of the Yaza?Pass—Tlie Voyage of the Fleet through it, &c. The Rpecial correspondent of the New York Herald, on beard the U. S. gunboat Marmora, Coldwater river, Miss., under date of Feb. 28, writes: The Rubicon is crossed. Three and a half lays of most tedious, vfetatious, bothersome, troublesome-and damaging steamboating has Drought this expedition twenty miles on* its tvay, and disclosed to ift view the end of the now famous Yazoo Pass. A more execrable j lace was never known. Should one propose to run a steamboat to the moon, he would he considered equally sane by those who bad -een the Yazoo tass before this expedition forced a passage through it, as the person who proposed the movement. I would like to describe THE YAZOO PASS, I would like td compare it to something :hat would be intelligiWe to your readers.— But I know of nothing in heaven or on earth, >r in the waters under the earth, that will compare with it. Had tbe immortal bard de sired a subject from which to draw a picture if the way that leads'to the realms of dark less and despair, he had only to picture the Yazoo Pass. Let me try, in the feeble lan guage I can command; to describe it. Per laps the reader has passed through the Dis mal Swamp of Virginia; or, if not, he has read the accounts of travelers who have enjoyed :hat privilege. Then he-has beard of the fa mous jungles of India. He has seep or read if the unbroken silence that pervades the 3oundless tall forests of the John Brown tract n western New York. Conceive the ugliest Matures of theste three varieties -of territory, vnd he will be able, by combining them, to "oris a tolerable correct idea of the region through which the Yazoo Pass runs. Those svlio have watched the course of a snake, as tie trails his way along the ground, winding :his* way and'that, hither and yonder, going n all directions at the same time, and yet maintaining something of a regular course in -.he average, will, by exaggerating the picture in their.own minds, understand something of the tortuous course of the Yazoo Pass. I have passed through it from one end to the other, md I assert candidly that there is not throughout its'entire length a piece two hon ired teet long of perfectly straight river. The jrders under which this expedition moved re quired that boats should-heep three hundred varde apart; but there was no place to be found in the whole stream where tbey could *cc one-third of this distance ahead or behind, them. Once, indeed,.we did catch a glimpse jf the Ratler, flag ship. She was just abreast 3f us, and about one hundred yards away, go ing in an opposite'direction to us. We tanci sd we were close on to her, as it was near night, and concluded to tie up, so as to let her get away from us. The next morning we got under way at daylight, and just as the Sun was at the meridian we passed the spot where we had seen our tile-leader eighteen hours be fore. THE OBSTRUCTIONS. Much has been .said and written of the ef forts put forth by the rebels to obstruct this pass. Their labor was all thrown away. Na ture has placed greater obstructions in the way than .any enemy coald place there, no matter how powerful he might have been or bow long he had been employed. Cypress and sycamore trees lined the banks in great profusion, intermixed with gigantic cotton woods bearing the wildest entanglement of wild grape fines. The stream itself is never to exceed a hundred feet in breadth, and fre quently not more than fifty or seventy-five.— Uver this the timber forms a most perfect irch, frequently,"as good fortune would have it, so high as to admit the easy passage of the tall smoke stacks beneath it, but sometimes grazing their taps, and again angrily toppling aver the intruders. But Providence evident ly did not intend this pas* for a military high way. Providence opposed the 30 much by this high arch enclosing the river and shutting it out from view, as by the long, jagged limbs it thrust out from the trees di rectly across the channel, snd the numerous crooked and leaning trees that formed a most effective blockade. , . THE TRIP. It may be possible, from what writ ten, to get an idea of tbe Yazoo Pass. A short account of the trip through it- will be more profitable for this purpose. The total length of the pass from the Mississippi to the Coldwater river is twenty miles. From the Mississippi to tbe east side of Moon lake, where the pass proper commences, is called eight miles, leaving the distance from_Moon lake to the Coldwater twelfe miles. Wei left the lake on Wednesday ntorning, the ZSth inst., and reached the Coljwater tine after noon just after dinner, making the trip exact' ly in three days and a half. Twelve miles by steamboat in three days fmd a half I The Erie canal is more than it is ob literated. To be sure we did not trarel at night, but we made usually about twelve ■4 hours each day. This gives us the rapid pro gress of-one mile in three and a half hours.— Does the progress made express anything of the character of tbe route ? If it doea not, I hardly know what will. t ' IN THE UPPER END OP THE PASS % The stream is confined, and rushes along with great rapidity through its narrow chan-i nel, the rate being not less than five or six' miles per hour. Lower down there are strips of bottom land along the sides which are. now overflown, giving greater width, and conse quently less rapidity to the current. But in no place were we able even to drift with the. current. That would inevitably have dashed us into the timber and torn our boat to atoms. From the time we entered ,the pass until we emerged from it we could only keep our wheels backing, and even this was not enough. A small boat was requisite on either side, by which lines were constantly passed out and made fast to the trees to check our headway or ease us around the sharp bends. The ex pedition has been facetiously called "the stern wheel expedition," from the circumstance __ of there being none but stern wheel boats (which are narrower than side wheel steamers) en gaged in it; but it might with equal propriety be called "the back water expedition" or "the hold back expedition," because of our ad • vancing only by holding back. DAMAGED OCCASIONALLY*. But with all onr care and labor it has been impossible to save our boats from much dam age. Frequently it was impossible to check the headway of a vessel in time to save its smokestacks, and away would go these tall iron cylinders, crashing through tbe hurri cane deck, and making a complete wreck of the cabin and light upper works. Again a huge limb would come crashing and smash ing along the side, tearing away stanchons and braces, and sometimes even the light bulkheads around the upper works. The flag ship was thus visited, and Acting Command-, er Smiths's cabin turned into a complete wreck. In iact, all the vessels look as though they had been in a hard fought battle and had been worsted, only that none of them are damaged in machinery or hull. It has been a most'exciting trip; but I believe or bear aril have survived save one poor old nigger—a contraband—belonging to this vessel. He was lying in his hammock, in the siok bay, being on the sick list, when a huge limb, bro ken off by the presistenoe of our smokestacks, came down endwise upon tbe deck, and pass- j ing through, administered the death blow to poor Cuffee. It was a more bitter emancipa- J tion proclamation to that poor darkey than i any. Father Abraham bas iestied yet. j BUT THE RUBICON IS PASSED. Ws are through this last of all places through which a steamer ought to attempt to pass, and there ia no return fur us. We have [ now only to fight oor way out by another , route. To this our minds are fully made up, ; and we will do it. I say we are through.— ; Our boat is the fourth in the line. It is •through, and those behind it are struggling along. We expect they will get through' be l cause we have gone before them and demon strated that the thing can be done. The road behind us must certainly be easier than we ; found it. We have made a route ourselves ' by chopping down trees, cutting away over ' hanging branches, dislodging huge rafts of ' heavy driftwood and forcing our own boat | through. The pthers have only to avail them selves of our improvements, like an avaricious ! tax title claimant to lands. We shall all wait I here until the last boat has arrived, and then ' push forward on what we hope to find a little ' more practicable route. ALLTHHOUGH. Coldwater River, March 1, 1863.—The • boats have all arrived in tbe Coldwater, and i we are ready to push forward again in the t morning according to orders already issued. 1 Some of the vessels ldok pretty hard. The ! gunboat Romio has both her chimneys carri • ed away. The tender Bayard has a hole in her hull. All of them have their upper works badly torn to pieces and their wheels more or i less damaged; but none are'so badly injured , as to affect their working qualities materially. We shall start forward at daylight in the t morning with bigh hopes and earnest desires , to meet the enemy as soon as he can conveni r ently show himself. We hear of him at the , mouth of the Coldwater, which is now report t ed to be only twelve miles from here. It is said that he has a battery there; but we only r fear be will jget away from there before we r arrive. He certainly has nothing at that point that' can hold out against our force. ■»» • - [ Arrest ef Brig-bam Young under the Polygamy Act. I Salt Lake City, March 10,1863. ' Judge Kinney this day issued a writ against ? Brigham Young, under the Polygamy act of "* Congress. It was placed in the hands ot Unit ' ed States Marshal Gibbs, who served it, not t only without the aid of a posse, but alone r waited upon President Young. The -writ was ■i immediately responded to, and the defendant - personally appeared in Court, and, upon in -6 vestigation, the Judge held him. to bail in the • sum of $2,000, which was promptly given.— The civil authority can be maintained in Utah without tbe aid of troops. ;- Commenting upon the above, the New York L Herald says: c Tbe great high priest, apostle, prophet and 1 potentate of the "Latter Day Saints" has been c indicted, arrested," and, in tbe sum of twq c thousand,, dollars, bound over to answer in a ), United States court to certain charges of high i crimes and misdemeanors in connection with n his" patriarchal institution of polygamy.— ■t These proceedings are in accordance with a h law of Congress abolishing polygamy within r- the Territories of the United States, and pro t- viding heavy pains and penalties against all y offenders. We presume that Brigham hai c quietly submitted to a court of justice as pre •k ferable to another visit of United States sol it \ diers. He doubtless has occasion to remem *c ber the rebellious propensities of his harem resulting from the encampment of the Istd * Gen. A. Sidney Johnson's troops in his capi tal, some five years ago. Should the law of Congress be rigidly enforced, tbe prophet and his flock of fifty thousand souls, more-or less, will most likely be compelled to pack up asd., move off, like the Israelites, from tbe flesh f pots of Egypt. But Greely has described Brigham as a wonderful man i we know tbsf» in legal tricks and evasion be is an artful dodger, and we guess that he will contrive tor render the law a dead letter for some time to come. ' » ♦ » —— Camp* Narrows, \ March 16th, 1863. J Dear Dispatch .'—We have nothing in the) N. W. army at present calculated either to interest or instruct your readers more than the Yankee programme for the spring and summer- campaign. I beard from a very in telligent soout who remained in their camp five days, below Charleston, that it was not their intention to have much infantry this summer, but effect all possible by cavalry, to* do which Pierpont is now organizing some seven thousand cavalry exclusively to make raids through our country, and burn the bridges and destroy as much of the Va. « Term. Railroad as possible. The most practi cable routes were engineered off. Our scouts informed tbem that tbe Rocky Gap road was one of tbe .easiest mountain pusses, knowing, as he remarked to me, that one regiment could keep back 10,000 horsemen at thin point, and so will it be at every other, but il is well that we shoqld be well posted as to their movements, and as the above is strictly reliable all confidence may be given to it.-* WytJievitle Dispatch. Ie» Fort Pemberton. A good deal of misapprehension exists itt reference to the location of this post. It is ao often spoken of as a barrier to;the progress of the enemy id the rear of Vicksburg, that it is considered by many to be quite near the latter* place. Oh the contrary, is is more than one hundred miles distant* Fort Pemberton is on the Yazoo river a short distance below the confluence of the Tallahatchie and Ysllo* basha. The Yankees reached it through Yazoo pass, wbicb leaves tbe Mississippi s few miles below Helena and Coldwater river —the latter empting into the Yazoo about, of near, the point where we suppose Fort Pern* burton to be situated. Should the Yankees succeed in passing this-Fort, we do not under stand how they would be in tbe rear of Vicks burg, for tbey would still be in the Yasoo, which empties into the Mississippi aboteJiekt* burg. They would, however, be able to des troy all onr boats in tbe Yazoo and cut us off from the large extent of rich country lririg between the Yazoo and the Mississippi, front Which our Vicksburg army U being mainly subsisted. Fort Pemberton is not more than thiHy miles from ihe Mississippi Valley Bail" road, and can thus be readily > <-inforced from Vicksburg if necessary,— Peteisimrg Express. »-'» ♦ . Meeting of tiie Georgia LegUla* , tare. Gov. Brown's Message. MiLLX-ooEViLLX. March 2s< The General Assembly organized to-dsj.' Governor Brown sent in his message, fS* commending a restriction on planting cotton to a quarter of an acre to- the hand, under* heavy penalty. He argues the necessity of this courts. Is prevent the possible scarcity of provisions. He recommends further a res riction of the distillation of sprituous liquors to prevent the use of potatoes, peas and dried peaches, and urges vigilence to punish offend*"rs. He opposes the endorsement • f the bonds of tbe Confederste States by Georgia, as cal culated to impair the confidence of capitalists at home and abroad and injure tbe credit of the Stete, and do the Confederacy no good, He recommends that Congrss* be requested to levy a tax to pay the interest of the whole debt, and create a sinking fund to extinguish the debt gradually. He urges the cordial support of the Con federate Government and Administration. »» * — The Yazoo Expedition Agaii* B,epulsedL Three Gunboats Destroyed. Mobile, March 25. Tbe correspondent of the Advertiser and Register dated Vicksburg 23rd says: On Saturday morning Col. Ferguson com manding the batteries at the junction of Deer Creek with Sunflower river, thirty mHss above its junction with tbe Ya*-o, repulsed the enemy, destroying it is said three gun boats, and driving tbe balance back. Ferguson had sufficient strength to hold the enemy in check, and recommended reinforce ments to be sent in rear of tbe enemy to est off their retreat. This movement on tbe part of the enemy was to flank our batteries at Pay tie's Bluff on the Yazoo. 1 —~* : *>. Important Humors from Kentucky. „ Mobile, March 25. ~ A special despatch from Panola the 23d, says. The Memphis Argus of the 19th has been received. > Several Brigades had passed Memphis go ing South. .. A Cincinnati letter of tbe 15th expresses the firm conviction that tbe Unionists of Cen tral and Southern Kentucky are settling up their business preparatory to abandoning their homes. It also says the Kentucky secessionists are assuming formidable proportions. Within thirty days revolution may begin. i Troops are passing through C ncinnati, bet, not into Kentucky. Ransom's ten thousand Cavalry will If* too late. * Suußlb-rr hair given orders to secure all frfl- < ▼ate arfDS n Qfocinniti. ''