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nt had assigned him, but changed its designation to the District of Cairo, and placed Paducah also within his jurisdiction. He kept Grant organizing and disciplining his troops for nearly two months, allowing no forward movement in all that time. But in the early part of January, 1862, in pursuance of orders from McClellan, then generalin-chief, Halleck sent directions to Grant, and the latter at once moved a force of six thousand men under McClernand, from Cairo and Bird's Point, towards Mayfield and Murray, in west Kentucky; he also sent C. F. Smith, with two brigades from Paducah, in the same direction, threatening Columbus and the rebel line between that place and Bowling Green. These movements were made in favor of certain operations of Buell in the Department of the Cumberland. The object, said Halleck, is to prevent reenforcements being sent to Buckner, who was then in command at or near Bowling Green. See Appendix for McClellan and Halleck's instructions for this movement
me at once your views in full as to the best method of accomplishing our object, at the same time stating the nature and strength of the force that you can use for the purpose, and the time necessary to prepare. Very respectfully, G. B. McCLELLAN, Major-General commanding. Major-General Halleck to Brigadier-General Grant. headquarters, Department of the Missouri, St. Louis, January 6, 1862. Brigadier-General U. S. Grant, Cairo, Ill.: I wish you to make a demonstration in force on Mayfield, and in the direction of Murray. Forces from Paducah and Fort Holt should meet it and threaten Camp Beauregard and Murray, letting it be understood that Dover is the object of your attack. But don't advance far enough to expose your flank or rear to an attack from Columbus, and by all means avoid a serious engagement. Make a great fuss about moving all your force towards Nashville, and let it be so reported by the newspapers. Take proper precautions to deceive your own men as well a