War of the Rebellion: Serial 076 Page 0132 THE ATLANTA CAMPAIGN. Chapter L.

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SHERMAN'S HEADQUARTERS,

July 13, 1864.

Major-General THOMAS:

Telegraph office is now opened at Roswell.

W. T. SHERMAN,

Major-General.

HEADQUARTERS FOURTH ARMY CORPS,

July 13, 1864-8 p. m.

General WHIPPLE,

Chief of Staff:

GENERAL: I have reconnoitered for about a mile to my right and front. Met some rebel cavalry pickets, but no infantry, on the bluff just across Island Creek. General Wood will march for Pace's Ferry at 5 a. m. to-morrow. After examination, I concluded to start a trestle bridge, and will try to finish it by to-morrow night.

Respectfully,

O. O. HOWARD,

Major-General.

HEADQUARTERS DEPARTMENT OF THE CUMBERLAND,

In the Field, July 13, 1864-8.30 p. m.

Major General O. O. HOWARD,

Commanding Fourth Army Corps:

GENERAL: In consequence of Major-General Sherman wishing to wait until he hears from General Stoneman before crossing the Fourteenth Corps, the major-general commanding directs me to write that you need not move your division down the river in the morning, as heretofore ordered, but await further orders in your present camp.

I am, general, very respectfully, your obedient servant,

WM. D. WHIPPLE,

Assistant Adjutant-General.

HEADQUARTERS DEPARTMENT OF THE CUMBERLAND,

In the Field, July 13, 1864.

Major General J. M. PALMER,

Commanding Fourteenth Army Corps:

GENERAL: A pontoon bridge will be laid at Pace's Ferry to-morrow morning probably by 8 o'clock. The major-general commanding directs that as soon as the bridge is ready you commence crossing your corps, and continue until it is all over. Major-General Howard will to-morrow morning march a division from Powers' Ferry down the south bank of the river for the purpose of covering your crossing. As soon as you get one division across please relieve General Howard's division and permit it to return to its camp.

Very respectfully, your obedient servant,

WM. D. WHIPPLE,

Assistant Adjutant-General.