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ported to be located upon the Kentucky shore of the Ohio, I directed the rest to follow my lead.
Just before reaching Caseyville, the captain of a tin-clad gunboat that was patrolling the river brought me the information that the enemy was in strong force at Caseyville, and expressed a fear that my fleet could not pass his batteries.
Accepting the information as correct, I concluded to capture the place before trying to pass up the river.
Pushing in to the bank as we neared the town, I got the troops ashore and moved on Caseyville, in the expectation of a bloody fight, but was agreeably surprised upon reaching the outskirts of the village by an outpouring of its inhabitants — men, women, and children — carrying the Stars and Stripes, anhis convoy of little further use, he steamed toward Cairo in quest of other imaginary batteries, while I re-embarked at Caseyville, and continued up the Ohio undisturbed.
About three miles below Cincinnati I received instructions to halt, and next d
of Bragg's army, for the purpose of counteracting Buell's operations in northern Alabama and East Tennessee.
This decisive evidence was of the utmost importance, and without taking time to read all tontented was plenty of grain for our animals.
Because of the large number of troops then in West Tennessee and about Corinth, the indifferent railroad leading down from Columbus, Ky., was taxed to itridan's war horse, Rienzi. to such an extent that he was able to contest the possession of Middle Tennessee and Kentucky.
Consequently, the movement of this army through Tennessee and Kentucky towarTennessee and Kentucky toward the Ohio River — its objective points being Louisville and Cincinnati — was now well defined, and had already rendered abortive General Buell's designs on Chattanooga and East Tennessee.
Therefore extraordinary efforts on the part of the Government became necessary, and the concentration of National troops at Louisville and Cincinnati to meet the contingency of Bragg's reaching those points wa