War of the Rebellion: Serial 074 Page 0018 THE ATLANTA CAMPAIGN. Chapter L.

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the same opinion. The road through Snake Creek Gap is good and about six miles long. After getting through the country is undulating and generally densely timbered.

Very respectfully, your obedient servant,

JAS. B. McPHERSON,

Major- General, Commanding.

Major General W. T. SHERMAN,

Commanding Military Division of the Mississippi.

IN THE FIELD,

Dallas, Ga., May 27, 1864- 4 p. m.

We have forced the enemy back to his breast- works throughout nearly the whole extent of his lines and find him occupying a strong position extending apparently from the north Marietta, or New Hope Church, road, to across the Villa Rica road. Our lines are up within clos e musket- range in many places, and the enemy appear to be massing on our right. I cannot well work toward the left; certainly not until I get trains and everything out of the way, for as soon as we uncover this flank (the right), the enemy will be on it.

Very respectfully, uour obedient servant,

JAS B. McPHERSON,

Major- General, Commanding.

Major General W. T. HERMAN,

Comadning Military Division of the Mississippi.

DALLAS, GA., May 28, 1864- 6.25 p. m.

The enemy attacked us in force at 4.45 p. m. along the whole extent of the Fifteenth and Sixteenth Corps, and was handsomely repulsed, with heavy loss on his side and considerable on ours. We are now bringing in prisoners and wounded. Unless an imperative necessity demands it, I do not see how I can move to - night; besides, the effect on our men will be bad.

JAS. B. McPHERSON,

Major- General, Commanding.

Major General W. T. SHERMAN,

Commanding Military Division of the Mississippi.

HDQRS. DEPARTMETN AND ARMY OF THE TENNESSEE,

Near Ruff's Mill, Ga., July 4, 1864- 8.45 p. m.

GENERAL: In pursuance of your instructions at daybreak this morning, I directed Major- General Dodge to take his entire command and push across Nickajack Creek at Ruff's Mill, General Blair to send two regiments and a sectin of artillery, supported by Stoneman's cavalry, from Wdow Mitchell's down to Nickajack, near Turner's Ferry. Dodge moved across and ran against Stevenson's divisin, and as he developed his lines captured a few prisoners from each divisin of Hood's corps. I sent over Morgan L. Smith's divisiom, and Generla Schofield sent in a brigade on Dodge's left to try and communicate with Hooker. As soon as the troops were over and in position, I directed Dodge to strengthen his skirmish line, so as to meke it almost equivalent to a line of battle, expecially over was gallantly executed, the works taken, and some 50 prisoners captured; our loss not heavy; Colonel Noyes, Thirty- ninth