War of the Rebellion: Serial 076 Page 0162 THE ATLANTA CAMPAIGN. Chapter L.

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morning at daylight, and you will have your command in readiness to take up their position with a view of supporting Captain Lilly's and also Captain Sutermeister's battery.

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

DAVID F. HOW,

Lieutenant and Acting Assistant Adjutant-General.

HDQRS. MILITARY DIVISION OF THE MISSISSIPPI,

Howard's Headquarters, July 17, 1864-12 m.

General SCHOFIELD:

DEAR GENERAL: Captain Bartlett is here. I have just sent back to my headquarters the draft of an order for to-morrow. Thomas will move to and beyond Buck Head. You to the Peach Tree Creek road where intersected by the road leading to Decatur. The position is on the ridge between Nancy's and Little Peach Tree. McPherson to-morrow will move to a pint about four miles to your left front, and send his cavalry to the railroad. Thomas is sending a corps this way, using Howard's bridge, and I will direct them to Nancy's Creek on the direct road to Cross Keys, viz, lot 93. I suppose you to be on lot 36, with advance guard well down to the creek Nancy. I want McPherson to-night between you and Buchanan's.

Yours,

W. T. SHERMAN,

Major-General, Commanding.

JULY 17, 1864.

General SHERMAN:

I send an orderly to show you the way to my headquarters. My troops are on the ridge between Island and Nancy's Creeks, with advance at Nancy's. I hear McPherson's guns not far to my left.

Respectfully,

J. M. SCHOFIELD,

Major-General.

JULY 17, 1864-4.45 p. m.

General SHERMAN:

I have just heard directly from McPherson. He is at the crossing of Nancy's Creek on the Decatur road, one mile from Cross Keys and only a mil from my left. I except you here about supper time. If you do not come I will call at your headquarters this evening.

Respectfully,

J. M. SCHOFIELD,

Major-General.

HDQRS. MILITARY DIVISION OF THE MISSISSIPPI,

In the Field, near Chattahoochee River, July 17, 1864.

Major-General SCHOFIELD,

Commanding Army of the Ohio:

GENERAL: Your note to the general-in-chief of 4.45 p. m. is just to hand. He had dropped a note by an orderly from you that he had al-