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o the citizens of the surrounding country for assistance in labor, for which you will give them certificates for amounts of such labor.
Authority was also given to make all needful requisitions.
General Tilghman had been assigned to General Johnston with considerable éclat. General Johnston, desiring a proper commander for the defenses of Columbus, had very strongly recommended for that purpose the promotion of Major A. P. Stewart to be a brigadier-general.
On the 11th of October Mr. Benjamin replied as follows:
I have your letter asking for the appointment of a brigadier to command at Columbus, Kentucky, in your absence.
Your recommendation of Major A. P. Stewart has been considered with the respect due to your suggestions, but there is an officer under your command whom you must have overlooked; whose claims in point of rank and experience greatly outweigh those of Major Stewart, and whom we could not pass by, without injustice — I refer to Colonel Lloyd Tilghman, who