War of the Rebellion: Serial 076 Page 0016 THE ATLANTA CAMPAIGN. Chapter L.

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HDQRS. MILITARY DIVISION OF THE MISSISSIPPI,

In the Field, near Kenesaw, July 2, 1864.

General THOMAS:

General McPherson reports all ready to move to-night. Will you be ready for him to uncover the railroad by daylight to-morrow?

W. T. SHERMAN.

Major-General, Commanding

HEADQUARTERS DEPARTMENT OF THE CUMBERLAND,

July 2, 1864.

Major-General SHERMAN:

General King will be in position to-night, and everything prepared.

GEO. H. THOMAS,

Major-General.

SHERMAN'S HEADQUARTERS,

July 2, 1864-9.20 p.m.

General THOMAS:

General Harrow, one of McPherson's division commanders, reports that as he was about to withdraw from his position according to orders, the enemy advanced in column from the mountain and are forming in line of battle at his picket-line at 8 p.m. but I hear no firing. Have telegraphed McPherson that you have reason to believe that the enemy are retiring, and that I regard their coming out this time of night with ostentation to be evidence of their retiring, and have ordered Harrow not to withdraw now, but to feel the enemy and ascertain what he is about. You had better instruct the enemy to be felt at two or three convenient points of your line between this and midnight. We must not attempt any night movements with large forces-because confusion would result-but must be prepared at break of day to act according to the very best information we can gather during the night. I have already re-enforced.*

W. T. SHERMAN,

Major-General.

HEADQUARTERS DEPARTMENT OF THE CUMBERLAND,

July 2, 1864.

Major-General SHERMAN:

Your dispatch of 9.20 a.m. received. The orders indicated will be given immediately. I have not learned that McCook has returned. He had orders to return when Stoneman had securely established his position. Lost Mountain has been signaled twice to-night, but he had not returned up to 9 p.m.

GEO. H. THOMAS,

Major-General.

SHERMAN'S HEADQUARTERS,

July 2, 1864

Major-General THOMAS:

By the papers you sent me, I see Forrest is at Tupelo; that the enemy has detected the fact that a heavy force, under A. J. Smith, is

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*Remainder of dispatch illegible. It probably referred to the re-enforcement of Schofield with Morgan L. Smith's division of the Fifteenth Corps.

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