18 JULY 1863, Page 1

The intelligence from the Mississippi is still exceedingly vague, but

on the 28th June General Grant was still con- tinuing the siege of Vicksburg, and prepared apparently to resist any attack on his rear. Louisiana was said to be flooded with Confederate troops, but New Orleans, which is com- manded by the gunboats, was reported "safe," though General Banks might be compelled to raise the siege of Port Hudson. The interest of the struggle in the West is, how- ever, for the moment lost in the more dramatic if less momentous contest in Pennsylvania. The battle of the Union is fought around Washington, that of slavery on the great Western river.