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capturing 3 cavalrymen. They reported a post of twelve men and a reserve of fifty men farther back. The river was too high for wading, so that the men compelled to swim part of the way.

Respectfully,

O. O. HOWARD,

Major-General.

NEAR VINING'S STATION, GA., July 9, 1864-8.30 p.m.

Major-General THOMAS:

Captain Kirlin, my aide-de-camp, has just returned from Roswell Ferry. General Newton arrived there at 2 p.m., and he has crossed two brigades over the river. General Garrard crossed at 6 a.m.; had but little opposition. Lost no men. Captured a few.

O. O. HOWARD,

Major-General.

HEADQUARTERS DEPARTMENT OF THE CUMBERLAND,

In the Field, July 9, 1864.

Major General J. HOOKER, Commanding Twentieth Corps:

GENERAL: General Schofield has effected a crossing and lodgment, and has two bridges laid. He captured a general [gun] and lost not a man. The major-general commanding directs that you take advantage of the situation to gain as much as possible by feeling strongly with skirmishers at daylight, and if the enemy is not in force endeavor to capture some of them. The major-general commanding the military division is of the opinion that Johnston will be forced by the present situation either to attack or withdraw.

Yours, very respectfully,

WM. D. WHIPPLE,

Chief of Staff.

HEADQUARTERS DEPARTMENT OF THE CUMBERLAND,

In the Field, July 9, 1864.

Major General J. HOOKER, Commanding Twentieth Corps:

GENERAL: The major-general commanding directs that to-morrow morning you close the gap which will be left between your corps and Brigadier General Davis' division, in consequence of the latter moving to his left. The gap to be closed will probably be equal to the front of a division. General Davis moves to-morrow morning.

Very respectfully, your obedient servant,

WM. D. WHIPPLE,

Assistant Adjutant-General.

HEADQUARTERS TWENTIETH ARMY CORPS,

July 9, 1864.

Brigadier-General WHIPPLE, Chief of Staff:

GENERAL: It is reported to me that the enemy in my front are in the same strength and position as heretofore. Their pickets were relieved this morning the same as usual on previous days.

Very respectfully, your obedient servant,

JOSEPH HOOKER,

Major-General.