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EVENING-, JI'NK <>. 1868. Number
PUBLISHED (DAILY) BY K I) G A II S N 0 W D E N, J r . OFFICE?No. 104 King street, over Scene's, (formerly French's) Book Store. Till'] SIEGE OF VTCKSBURG. CrxcrxNATt, June 4. ?The advices from 'ieksburg are to the 30th of May. For several days previous quiet prevailed all along the lines, broken only by occasional can nonading. The Commercial's a dispatch, dated 30th, ?ays: "Spades are once more trumps. We are erecting earthworks to protect our men, and are mining to blow the face out of one or two of the Confederate forts that are unapproach able otherwise. The idea of carrying the place by storm seems to be abandoned. The ,;afcr and surer plan of starving Gen. Pember ton into submission now finds favor every where." A. deserter came in this morning.? He represents that he was sent bv General Pemberton to communicate verbally with Gens. Johnston and Loring. The former is supposed to he between the Big Black River and Jackson. The latter was near Port Gib son. Ife represents affairs in the city as grow ing desperate. About eight thousand effec tive men are there, two-thirds of whom are kept on the fortifications night and day, and not allowed to leave an instant on any protest. Gens. Pemberton, Lee, Reynolds, Stevenson and others are in the city. Most of the sick >eft the city before its investment. Those who remain have excavated caves and remain in hem night and day. Valuable merchandise ?n the city is also stored in caves from fear of conflagration. The poor are generally in their houses. Over one hundred women and child ren have been killed by the bombardment.? The gunboats inflict no injury on the city.? Gen. Pemberton believed that his rations would hold out thirty days, but urged John i-ron to come to his relief within ten days at the furthest. Cavalry horses have been turn ed loose and driven towards the lines, owing 1.0 the lack of forage. There was ammuni lion enough to last sixty days, with trie single exception of gur-caps. These were scarce.? All confidently expected superhuman efforts to be made by those outside to raise the siege.? They consider Vicksburg the strongest place in the Confederacy. Gen. Blair has met no Confederates in force, and the reports of John nion being near is disbelieved. A cavalry re eonnoissance three days ago discovered a 3'^ail force, and had one man killed and four wounded. Gen. Banks, with reinforcements, :s reported near there, but like many other ru mOhj, it may have little foundation in fact.? This morning the heaviest cannonading of the ciege was kept up without intermission for nearly three liours. New batteries have late ly been put in position, and one? hundred and iiity gnns are now playing on the city. At daylight this morning the firing was rapid be yond belief. The reports of the guns along j ihe whole line averaged one per second ior luinutes together. The roar of the heavy fiegeguns was awful, and the earth was sha- ; -en by the concussion. The roads and camps &ve uncommonly dusty. The wounded are re- 1 moved to hospital boats in large numbers and transported to Memphis. j . Chicago, June 5.?A special dispatch from j Ae rear of Vicksburg, dated May 31, says the bombardment, continues. . All the guns in position opened fire at mid ^?ht, and continued the lire until daylight.? rapidity of the firing was unparalleled. It 1$ believe! great damage was inflicted. Twelve - ?niederates were captured at daylight yes - '^.y morning endeavoring to run the Fedei> al pickets and get into the city. Two hun dred thousand percussion caps were (bund in their possession. One boy. came out of the city ten days ago. He took the oath of allegiance, and was allowed to go to his home, five miles back.? Me will probably be condemed as a spy. Gen. Johnston was reported on Monday moving towards Jackson, but not in force suffi j cient to attack us. Cairo, June 5.?The dispatch boat General Lyon, from Vicksburg on Monday night-, has arrived. Firing was kept up all Oir Monday. General Sherman's troops, on the right wing, could be seen in motion. When the General Lyon left at midmght, a conflagration was going on in the city. Some supposed that the shells had set the buildings on fire, while others were conjecturing that the Confederate were destroying supplies prepara tory to surrendering. General Grant's num bers and position will be absolutely impregna ble in a few days. The steamers*Chancellor _ V und Atlantic, loaded with troops, when near Island No. 02, on Wednesday, were fired on by guerrillas from the Mississippi shore. One I captain and two privates were killed and sever al wounded. The Election In Virginia. [From tho Richmond Dispatch, May SO.] The State elections will probably, many of them, remain in doubt for some time. The choice of Governor, from the returns received, lies between Messrs. Smith and Flournoy. The result must be settled by the army vote, and it will be some time before it can be received. So it is with reference to the Lieutenant-Gov- ! ernor, for which Messrs. Price and Imboden ! are the leading candidates. Several of the Congressional Districts are left in the same situation. The army has the casting vote.? For Congress, Messrs. Wickham, in the Rich mond District, and Collier, in the Petersburg District, have such majorities as to settle the question and fix them as the Representatives eleet. Mr. Bocock had no opposition in the ! Buckingham District, and Mr. Rives none in j the Albemarle District. In the Augusta Dis | trict the contest between General Baldwin and | Gov. Letcher has been very animated; perhaps l the most excited in the election. This may be j kept in doubt, also by the c.rmy vote. In the Montgomery District the contest is | also likely to be close. Mr. Edmondson, for 1 so many years the representative in the Fede j ral Congress opposes Mr. Staples the mem ber of the last Confederate Congress. Walter Preston, member from the Abingdon District is opposed by the famous Fayette McMullen, who has been canvassing industriously for the position. In the district composed of Caro line &c., which now includes Culpeper, Messrs. James Barbour Jr.' and Dejarnette are the candidates. The other districts are entirely in the hands of refugees and soldiers in the army. In the Winchester District, Mr. Boteler, the present representative, was opposed by Col. fiaiiiday. Shenandoah and Hardy counties are the only counties in the district in which polls could be held. Mr. J. Disturnell, of New York, is prepar ing for publication a new and valuable work on the Great Lakes, or Inland Seas of North America. j The Democrats of Illinois will meet in mass j convention at S >ringfield, on^the 17th instant, j i "for the purpose of deliberating upon the stnie oi the country.'1 Reports from the Army of tue Potomac. [From ihe Baltimore American.! "vVr learn from a gentleman who left Aqiiia Creek yesterday afternoon that it was reported there by parties who came down from Fal mouth that the Confederates had evacuated Fredericksburg, and it was supposed were moving towards Gordonsvii'ie. The story, as it reached our informant, upon whom we can re ly as repeating truly what he heard, is as follows: "The first t ram which came oown to the Creek yesterday morning from headquarters, brought a report that it was believed that the Confederates had left Fredericksburg, and a pontoon bridge was being thrown across the river by General Hooker, in order to make a reeonnoissanee. Passengers by the second train stated that the Federal Cavalry had ad vanced across the river, found the heights above Fredericksburg entirely abandoned, and that when they left the U. 8. colors were floating over Fredericksburg. The passengers by a later train confirmed the story, and said that Gen. Hooker had thrown a considerable force across the river. The general impression was that the Confederates had moved towards Gordonsville, as for some days past they have j massed considerableforcesatthe United States | and other fords higher up the river. Our in | formant on his way up in the boat, conversed with a number of persons who had come im mediately from the front, all of whom agreed substantially in the statement that the Con i federates had gone somewhere, bag and bag gage, and that Fredericksburg and the heights beyond were in Federal possession. "We give the story simply as it reachcs us, with the remark that while it seems well sub stantiated there is still a possibility that it may be either wholly incorrect or an exaggeration of some minor movements on the part of the Federals or that of the Confederates. The gentleman who brings the information is well known to us as one who would not knowingly W / spread a false report." The Baltimore riun says:?Information was received in Washington yesterday that Gen. Lee was massing his forces at United States Ford on the Rappahannock, apparently either to attempt a crossing there or to make a feint for a crossing elsewhere. It appears from scientific investigation that the salt deposit at New Iberia, Louisiana, is of the most extensive and wonderful descrip tion. For vastness and purity it is unequaled on the globe. Additional charges have been filed against the New York Police Commissioners, and Gov. Seymour has given them until the 13th in stant to make written answers to the same.? He will then order their trial. The Adjutant General of Kentucky has is sued an appeal to the people of the State to fill up the twenty regiments for home defence authorized by act of the U. S. Congress. The number of contrabands brought off by Col. Kilpatrick in his late raid, has been exag gerated in the newspaper reports, there being but about four hundred instead of a thousand as stated. Most of the men were stopped at Aquia Creek, where they were set to work in the commissaries' and quartermaster's depart ment, while the women and children were cent to the contraband camp.