im throughout that entire campaign.
He was, however, ably seconded by Bragg and Polk, who commanded his two grand divisions or army corps.
Writing to General Johnstommand, I hope that you, now having had time to study the field, will advise General Polk of your judgment as to the proper disposition of his army, in accordance wit establishment of a new line resting on New Madrid, Island No.10, and Humboldt.
Polk issued the preliminary orders February 25th, for the evacuation, which was complrters and buildings were committed to the flames; and at 3 P. Ir., March 2d, General Polk followed the retiring column from the abandoned stronghold.
Polk says inPolk says in his report:
The enemy's cavalry — the first of his forces to arrive after the evacuation-reached Columbus in the afternoon next day, twenty-four hours after th only infantry of the Confederate army which had ever seen a combat were some of Polk's men, who were at Belmont; Hindman's brigade, which was in the skirmish at Wood