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t the expense of the Government, being used in carrying out supplies, which went mostly into disloyal hands, or were seized by Forrest. The road from Paducah to Mayfield was used by its owners. Enormous quantities of supplies needed by the rebel army were carried to Mayfield and other convenient points, and passed into the handsMayfield and other convenient points, and passed into the hands of the rebel army. I found this abuse so flagrant and dangerous that I made a stringent order stopping all trade. I furnish a copy herewith, making it part of my answer, (Exhibit A.) Question. What, in your opinion, is the effect of free trade in Western Kentucky and Tennessee? Answer. Pernicious beyond measure; corruptiny could by withdrawing men from duties which are presumed to be of greater importance. That point was settled by my superior officers. Forrest's force was near Mayfield, about equidistant from Paducah, Cairo, and Columbus, only a few hours from either. He was at the centre, I going round the edge of a circle. I could only watc
Rebellion Record: a Diary of American Events: Documents and Narratives, Volume 8. (ed. Frank Moore), Doc. 121.-skirmish near Mayfield, Kentucky. (search)
Doc. 121.-skirmish near Mayfield, Kentucky. Cairo, Illinois, January 20, 184. A detachmentas on Wednesday last, in the vicinity of Mayfield, Kentucky, and had a skirmish which resulted in ththe distance of eighteen or twenty miles from Mayfield, with orders to arrest and bring in all suspi men, including the scout Hood, a resident of Mayfield, but a Union man, mounted for the occasion up They had proceeded some seventeen miles from Mayfield, when they were suddenly brought to a halt bywhich had befallen his men, Captain Lynch, at Mayfield, sent out Lieutenant Murphy and forty of the he town of Murray, some twenty-two miles from Mayfield, and not far from Louisville. Once, however, and in the event of its failure, to march to Mayfield, en route for Paducah, and go thence by boat nt and its commanding officer marched back to Mayfield, were soon in Paducah, and to-day are safely in Cairo. The Mayfield loyalists are loud in their praise of the Fifty-eighth. They say they have [1 more...]
bout one thousand wounded. The latter they took to Mayfield by railroad; the former, they left unburied. Amontion, in Graves County, Kentucky, advancing toward Mayfield; then that they were on this side, advancing on Pasterday (Monday) evening a flag of truce came from Mayfield, where Forrest is said to have his headquarters, aon [he twenty-fourth, of the arrival of Forrest at Mayfield, twenty-two miles south from Paducah, and an attamost probably Paducah. In fact, his occupation of Mayfield indicated this place as his objective point. The e hundred, but the main body had moved back toward Mayfield. This seemed encouraging, until another report, wtown, that Forrest's army had formed a junction at Mayfield with a large force of rebels, and was again cominghorities had learned that the enemy was at or near Mayfield, and was threatening Columbus, and that there were headquarters Second division Forrest's cavalry, Mayfield, Ky., March 28. General orders, no.--. The Gene