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Russey, Polk's aid-de-camp, telegraphed to the same officer, that the general-commanding determines, with troops now at Union City, to fall at once upon Columbus ; and directed Pillow to take his whole command immediately to Island No.10.
This was din Kentucky.
As the rebel troops, driven out of Missouri, had invaded Kentucky in considerable force, and by occupying Union City, Hickman, and Columbus, were preparing to seize Paducah and Cairo, I judged it impossible, without losing important advHarris, dated at Nashville, September 6, 1S61, in which he says: The following dispatch is received this morning, dated Union City, 12 P. M., Sept. 5, 1861, directed to Governor Harris:--
On last evening I had the honor of telegraphing to you thorders to that effect, had the gratification to receive from the President the following dispatch, viz.: General Polk, Union City — Your telegram received.
The necessity must justify the act. Signed, Jefferson Davis.
Leonidas Polk, Major-General