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; 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 and Humboldt, or Union City, via 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
Governor Moore. G. T. Beauregard. Jackson, Tenn.,Feb. 25th, 1862. To Major-General Polk, Columbus, Ky.: Cavalry at Paris best be distributed on outpost duty to watch all important roads from about Paris to as near south of Mayfield as possiblParis to as near south of Mayfield as possible. Burn bridges on advance of enemy, whom they will always keep in sight and hinder from making reconnoissances. G. T. Beauregard. Richmond, Feb. 26th, 1862. To General G. T. Beauregard: Certainly, accept services of the Legion. Duplicate swo (2) regiments and five hundred cavalry to be stationed at Union City. V. A battalion of infantry to be stationed at Paris, from Humboldt, with say five hundred cavalry, which, together with the other cavalry, will guard all avenues of approach from the Tennessee to the Mississippi River, in front of Paris and Union City. VI. All the above-named forces and positions to be under the command of Major-General Polk, and to be called the 1st Grand Division. VII. The balance of the cava