railroad, including those at Trenton
and Jackson, Tennessee
; the remaining supplies, to Union City
, the positions at Madrid Bend, New Madrid, and Memphis
The heaviest guns that could be spared were to be taken to Island No.10
, to the batteries at the Bend
, on the left bank, and to New Madrid, with some of lighter calibre, for the land defences of the latter place.
The other guns were to be placed as far as possible in condition for ready removal, part of them for transfer to the works at Madrid Bend, and the remainder to Fort Pillow
The dismantling of the fort and embarkation of material and supplies, by boat and railroad, were to be conducted with secrecy, and, as far as practicable, by night; and as it was necessary to hold Columbus
until the works at Island No.10
and in the Bend
should be ready to defend the river, General Polk
was to maintain a vigilant watch and repel vigorously all attempts at reconnoissance, by land or by water.
A few days later, he was instructed to open a road across the difficult country opposite Island No.10
, and to establish a telegraph line between the Island
, or Union City
Obionville, as a line of communication.
The cavalry, at Paris
, was to watch and report the passage of any gunboats or transports up the Tennessee River
, from the direction of Fort Henry
, extending its pickets as near as possible to Mayfield
, which was then occupied by Federal cavalry, keeping the latter always in sight, and, if compelled to retire, to burn the bridges and thus hinder reconnoissances.
In view of the great importance of New Madrid, General Polk
was further instructed to send as strong a garrison thither as he could, including most of the troops at Fort Pillow
, if necessary.
He was also to aid in hastening the immediate completion and arming of the batteries there and of those at the head of Island No.10
and at the Bend
, which were intended for temporary occupation, while Fort Pillow
was being strongly fortified and completed for permanent maintenance.
The gorges of the works at New Madrid were to be palisaded merely, so that our gunboats might fire into them from the river if taken by the enemy.
The defences, consisting of strong profiles, were composed of three works, two on the river and one a little in advance of the others, and were calculated for about five hundred men each.
lines, ordered on the right and rear of Island No.10