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k, in that vicinity.
One of these is known as O'Neill's Bridge, and the other as Blandville Bridge.
The distance of this day's march was eight and a half miles, over difficult roads covered with sleet.
To guard against surprise, strong mounted pickets were thrown forward toward Columbus and to the bridge across Mayfield Creek, at Hayworth's Mill, three miles above Blandville.
On the fifteenth, we advanced to Weston's — the Fourth cavalry and Dollin's company, under command of Lieut.-Col. McCulloch, making an early movement southwest, in the direction of Columbus, and repeating a near approach to that place, while Capt. Stewart, with his company, pushed a reconnoissance, eight miles, quite to Milburn, taking the town by surprise and picking up a man just from Columbus, from whom he derived much valuable information respecting the condition of the rebel force at that point.
He learned from this source that our demonstrations toward Columbus had excited alarm, and induced the