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th, the winter rains set in, and Gen. Grant's army found itself out off by the freshens, and Clark's river and Blood creek. Gen. Tilghman promptly caused the bridges at Blood creek to be destroyed, on the night of the 20th, when the enemy were at Murray, within sixteen miles. These obstructions caused the enemy to fall back towards Paducah, having destroyed part of their baggage train near Murray. In the meantime a brigade had advanced from Columbus, to threaten the enemy. Reinforcements, Murray. In the meantime a brigade had advanced from Columbus, to threaten the enemy. Reinforcements, to the number of 300 infantry and 400 cavalry, (new levies,) were sent by Gov. Harris from Nashville. A regiment of new troops were sent to the Tennessee River Bridge. Some heavy columbiads, &c., were sent to Forts Donelson and Henry, and rapidly mounted. From that time till the 8th of February Gen. Tilghman was everywhere at his post. All the defences were pushed with vigor, and repeated appeal, made for assistance. --Before the reinforcements intended for Gen. Tilghman had arrived, the