LOUISVILLE, April 29.
PITTSBURG, Tenn., 10 P. M., April 29th. – Heavy firing across Lick Creek this morning was caused by artillery practice with the rebels by our advance guards, who after slight skirmishing in which we captured several prisoners, occupied Pea Ridge and at 9 o’clock occupied Monterey, 12 to 14 miles from Corinth.
A very intelligent sailor from Boston deserted from the rebels this side of Corinth, reports that the capture of New Orleans was generally known in the rebel camps on the morning of the 27th. It was also stated on the 18th, at the time of two Louisiana regiments enlisted for twelve months expired, but by a new conscript of law were required to serve two years longer, on being so informed, both regiments laid down their arms, and refused to fight, when Beauregard detailed for regiments to guard them as prisoners.
It was not known that Gen. Halleck was in command here, but the general impression among the troops is that Gen. Buell was, and our army retreating to Nashville.
Col. J. C. Kelton, A. A. G. arrived to-day, relieving Captain McLean, who was obliged to go to Cincinnati on account of ill health.
– Published in The Davenport Daily Gazette, Davenport, Iowa, Thursday Morning, May 1, 1862, p. 1