CAIRO, March 31.
Scattered portions of the infantry and cavalry had been collected together, and are hovering about Columbus, Hickman and Cape Girardeau. Preparations are being made to meet these guerilla bands and beat them back at once.
About twenty-five hundred bushels of upland cotton seed are on the way to Washington and northern points for free distribution. The agents of Government are having unexpected success in the collection of seed.
The latest information from Grant’s column puts the enemy’s present strength at Corinth at 65,000, and this force is being increased as rapidly as impressments and their means of transportation will admit.
Since the murder of [Joeb] yesterday, the commanding General of this post has issued an order for the arrest of all liquor dealers, and destruction of their stocks, and the breaking up of all gambling saloons.
No news from below that can be sent you. River falling.
The troops at Pittsburg are paid off.
Secession cavalry are scouring the country along the Tennessee river, pressing the inhabitants into the rebel service.
A military Colonel who raised a regiment under Harris’ proclamation, and refused to take the field, says he can easily raise 1000 men for the Union army.
Secession cavalry have also been seen back of Columbus.
The river is now falling fast. Weather cloudy and warm.
– Published in The Davenport Daily Gazette, Davenport, Iowa, Tuesday Morning, April 1, 1862, p. 1