CAIRO, March 31. – Scattered columns of the rebel infantry and cavalry have 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 250 bushels of upland cotton seed is on the way to Washington and northern points for distribution. The Government agents are having unexpected success in the collection of seed.
The latest information from below Columbus puts the enemies present strength at Corinth at 65,000 men, and their force is being increased as rapidly as impressment and their means of transportation will admit.
Since the murder of Joel, yesterday, the Commanding General of this post has received orders for the arrest of all liquor dealers and destruction of their stock, and the breaking up of all gambling saloons.
No news from below to-day that can be sent.
There is nothing new from below.
The troops at Pittsburg are being 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’s proclamation, and refused to take the field, says he can easily 1,000 for the Union [sic].
Many secession cavalry have also been seen back of Columbus.
The river is now falling fast. Weather cloudy and warm.
– Published in The Burlington Weekly Hawk-Eye, Burlington, Iowa, Saturday, April 5, 1862, p. 4