s, arrived at Fort Jefferson on the same day, tenth,) and encamped awaiting further orders.
On the eleventh I ordered a reconnoissance east to Blandville, by the Hill road, eight miles, thence north on the road to Columbus to Weston's, five miles, and returning by Elliott's Mills to Fort Jefferson, nine miles. This reconnoissance was made by Capt. Stewart, in command of his own cavalry, and Company B, Capt. Collins, of the Fourth cavalry.
No armed enemy was encountered, but captures of L. T. Polk and David Frazer, supposed to be couriers from Columbus, were made.
No United States forces having previously approached so near Columbus, the inhabitants uniformly mistook our cavalry for rebel troops.
On the thirteenth, I ordered a demonstration to be made in the direction of Columbus, by six companies of cavalry, commanded by Capt. Stewart, supported by the Tenth and Eighteenth regiments of infantry, commanded.
respectively by Colonels Morgan and Lawler.
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