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Commissioned Brigadier--General--command at Ironton, Mo.-Jefferson City-Cape Girardeau- General Prentiss-Seizure of Paducah
Shortly after my promotion I was ordered to Ironton, Missouri, to command a district in that part of the State, an were ordered to the same destination about the same time.
Ironton is on the Iron Mountain railroad, about seventy miles sout ustered out of service.
Within ten days after reaching Ironton I was prepared to take the offensive against the enemy at west and come into the Greenville road ten miles south of Ironton.
Another column marched on the direct road and went into south-east Missouri.
Troops had been ordered to move from Ironton to Cape Girardeau, sixty or seventy miles to the south-eas een ordered to move to Jacksonville, ten miles out towards Ironton; and troops at Cairo and Bird's Point, at the junction of son, to inform me of the approach of General Prentiss from Ironton.
Hired wagons were kept moving night and day to take addi