War of the Rebellion: Serial 076 Page 0064 THE ATLANTA CAMPAIGN. Chapter L.

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ROME, GA., July 5, 1864.

Brigadier-General SMITH:

I have no information that any force has crossed the Etowah between Rome and Kingston.

WM. VANDEVER,

Brigadier-General.

ROME, July 5, 1864.

Brigadier General J. E. SMITH:

A rebel soldier captured reports that Friday morning fifty of Wheeler's cavalry scouts left Cedartown destined to the railroad near Calhoun or Resaca; expects to form a junction with Hart's (Sixth Georgia) cavalry. He says this force is prepared with torpedoes to blow up trains; he reports also that Pillow is to act in concert with an additional force. This statement has come to me through two sources.

WM. VANDEVER,

Brigadier-General.

HEADQUARTERS DISTRICT OF THE ETOWAH,

Chattanooga, July 5, 1864.

General SMITH,

Kingston, Ga.:

Brigadier-General Whipple telegraphs that the rebel cavalry in considerable force have passed around the left of our army. Keep a sharp lookout for them.

JAMES B. STEEDMAN,

Major-General, Commanding.

(Same to commanding officer at Dalton.)

STEVENSON, July 5, 1864.

General STEEDMAN:

A deserter from the rebel lines this morning came into my camp and informed me that 5,000 or 6,000 rebels, under Forrest and Wheeler, are now encamped on Sand Mountain near mouth of Raccoon Creek. He was taken by a scouting party, and learned these facts while with them. Also that they are intending a dash on the road this side of Chattanooga somewhere.

SAM. C. VANCE,

Colonel, Commanding Post.

CHATTANOOGA, TENN., July 5, 1864.

Brigadier General W. D. WHIPPLE,

Chief of Staff:

A force of 5,000 or 6,000 strong is reported to be on Sand Mountain.

JAMES B. STEEDMAN,

Major-General.