War of the Rebellion: Serial 076 Page 0152 THE ATLANTA CAMPAIGN. Chapter L.

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HDQRS. MILITARY DIVISION OF THE MISSISSIPPI,

In the Field, near Chattahoochee River, July 16, 1864.

General THOMAS:

I am about moving camp to vicinity of Powers', and will visit Generals Howard and Schofield, where I can be found in case of necessity. I can't imagine what cavalry it is that General Granger reports at Claysville. What is the gun-boat about? It should be at Guntersville at once. If Johnston has ordered this movement he will not care about Huntsville or Decatur, but Stevenson and Bridgeport. The latter is of vital importance and he knows it.

W. T. SHERMAN,

Major-General, Commanding.

HEADQUARTERS DEPARTMENT OF THE CUMBERLAND,

July 16, 1864.

Major-General SHERMAN:

I cannot conceive what cavalry Granger refers to. The gun-boat has been out of my charge for more than two weeks. Granger ought to have cavalry enough left from Rousseau's expedition to whip all the cavalry the enemy can send across the Tennessee.

GEO. H. THOMAS,

Major-General, U. S. Volunteers.

HDQRS. MILITARY DIVISION OF THE MISSISSIPPI,

In the Field, at Chattahoochee River, July 16, 1864.

General THOMAS:

Have you anything further of that cavalry force at Claysville?

W. T. SHERMAN,

Major-General, Commanding.

JULY 16, 1864.

General SHERMAN:

Have heard nothing further from rebel cavalry. Am all ready and will move in the morning across Pace's Ferry.

GEO. H. THOMAS,

Major-General.

HEADQUARTERS DEPARTMENT OF THE CUMBERLAND,

In the Field, July 16, 1864.

Major General O. O. HOWARD,

Commanding Fourth Army Corps:

GENERAL: The major-general commanding directs that at daylight to-morrow morning you move one division down the river opposite Pace's Ferry, and cover the laying of the bridges and the crossing of one division of the Fourteenth Corps, after which your division will return to its camp.

Very respectfully, your obedient servant,

WM. D. WHIPPLE,

Chief of Staff.