Meanwhile I may mention the names of the officers already on duty: Major J. W. Ratchford, assistant adjutant-general; Captain Ewing, acting chief quartermaster; and First Lieutenant J. A. Reid and First Lieutenant R. H. Morrison, aides-de-camp.
Very respectfully, general, your obedient servant,
Lieutenant-Colonel and Assistant Adjutant General.
ATLANTA, GA., July 25, 1863.
General W. W. MACKALL,
Chief of Staff, Chattanooga, Tenn.:
Cannot rely upon more than 800 men and a battery of eight guns for city defense. Hope to get more from citizen organizations. Please advise me from what point (Rome, Knigston, &c.) I can rely upon getting accurate information. Please give me the names of officers commanding at these points, that I may know what to rely upon. How furthered Atlanta will scouts from the army operate?
M. H. WRIGHT,
Colonel, Commanding Troops, &c.