Steamers Loaded with Troops Leaving Cairo, Ill.
Rebel Troops Massed near Hickman, Ky, just North of Reelfoot Lake.
It was time.
Time to make the move, Polk decided.
And, so with the order to Gideon Pillow to secure Columbus ~ which had been floating thru his mind for days ~ finally met the mark of a pencil.
It was done.
Polk thought for all the World that this would make him an instant Hero in the South. His stock and position in the Confederate Army would be entrenched.
Finally, all the dues paid; dreams throttled and hopes of A Legacy to rival that of his Ancestors would be in Place.
Grant chomped the cigar and snatched the scribbled message from the operator’s grungy hands.
** 10 am
Union plans all along had been to constrict the South; crush it with the strength of an Anaconda Plan and the might on the Industrialized North behind it.
The numbers would surely bear out on the Field of Battle.
But, there had been no fighting up to this point in the Western Theater of the Civil War. Just training; and drillin` and massing and campin`. and Learning How to be A Soldier. There was Lots of that.
Now, there was fixin` to be A Killin`. And, Lots of that, too.
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