ORDERS.] HEADQUARTERS TWENTIETH CORPS,
July 9, 1864.
At daylight to-morrow morning Brigadier-General Ward, commanding Third Division, will move his command to the left of General William's division and relieve the troops of General Davis' division, of the Fourteenth Corps, and hold the line now occupied by that command. At the same hour Brigadier-General Williams, commanding First Division, and Brigadier-General Geary, commanding Second Division, will move their reserve brigades on to the line and occupy the position vacated by General Ward's division. If there should be any difficulty in relieving the pickets in the daylight, it can be postponed till night. General Ward will bring up his artillery and put in position on his new line.
By command of Major-General Hooker:
H. W. PERKINS,
Lieutenant-Colonel and Assistant Adjutant-General.
NEAR CHATTAHOOCHEE, GA., July 10, 1864-6.30 a. m.
(Received 2 p. m.)
Major General H. W. HALLECK, Washington, D. C.:
The enemy this morning burned his bridges across the Chattahoochee, the railroad bridge included. If General rant has nothing particular for Hunter, Crook, and Averell to do, and if they be in the Kanawha Valley, as is represented, they could be well employed by going to Abingdon, smashing up thinks in that quarter, and then going over into North Carolina.
W. T. SHERMAN,
SIGNAL HILL, July 10, 1864.
Rebels burning railroad bridge and wagon bridges over Chattahoochee River.
HDQRS. MILITARY DIVISION OF THE MISSISSIPPI,
In the Field, near Chattahoochee, July 10, 1864.
Signal officers report railroad and all other bridges burning. Of course if such be the case, the enemy has gone across, and yet I hear firing of pickets. Report to me the truth as soon as ascertained.
W. T. SHERMAN,
HEADQUARTERS DEPARTMENT OF THE CUMBERLAND,
July 10, 1864-4.45 a. m.
The enemy has left my front and burned the railroad and wagon bridge over the river. I have ordered the skirmishers to feel up and ascertain if they are still on this side. I presume the firing we hear is the pickets exchanging shots across the river.
GEO. H. THOMAS,