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neral of volunteers; have been in command of the district of Cairo since March nineteenth, 1864.
Question. What was the extent of your district when you assumed command, and what your available force?
Answer. The river, from Paducah to Island Number10, inclusive, about one hundred and sixty miles, and adjacent portions of Tennessee and Kentucky.
My available force for duty, as appears from tri-monthly report of March twentieth, as follows:
Paducah, officers and men,408
Cairo, and men,231
Columbus, and men,998
Hickman, and men,51
Island No.10, and men,162
Union City, and men,479
Question. What was the character of your force and the condition of your command at that time?
Answer. Three fourths of the men were colored, a portion of them not mustered into service, and commanded by officers temporarily assigned, awaiting commission.
Of the white troops about one half at the posts on the river were on duty as provost-marshals' guards and similar de