War of the Rebellion: Serial 076 Page 0166 THE ATLANTA CAMPAIGN. Chapter L.

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Near Cross Keys, Ga., July 17, 1864.

Lieutenant Colonel WILLIAM T. CLARK,

Assistant Adjutant-General:

COLONEL: A prisoner who voluntarily delivered himself up reports that Kelly's division of cavalry, about 4,000 strong, three brigades,is in the front on the road which is covered by my command, and on this side of Peach Tree Creek, and that Bate's division of infantry is on the other side of Peach Tree Creek, on same road. Also that Martin's division of cavalry is on the road in front of Dodge; also that A. J. Smith had a fight with Forrest at Tupelo; no result given. Received telegram yesterday.

Respectfully, your obedient servant,


Major-General, Commanding.

POWERS' FERRY, GA., July 17, 1864-9 p. m.

(Received 11.45 p. m.)

Major T. T. ECKERT:

General Sherman's headquarters is now two miles from here, on Nancy'c Creek. The whole of the three armies will have crossed Chattahoochee before morning. The Twentieth Corps and the Seventeenth Corps are now crossing, the Seventeenth at Roswell and the Twentieth at Pace's Ferry. Some skirmishing, but no serious resistance. McPherson is ten miles from Roswell, in direction of Stone Mountain.



HDQRS. MIL. DIV. OF THE MISS., Numbers 36.

In the Field, Chattahoochee, July 17, 1864.

The operations of the army for to-morrow, the 18th July, will be as follows:

I. Major-General Thomas will move forward, occupy Buck Head and the ridge between Nancy's Creek and Peach Tree, also all the roads toward Atlanta, as far as Peach Tree Creek.

II. Major-General Schofield will pass through Cross Keys and occupy the Peach Tree road where intersected by the road from Cross Keys to Decatur.

III. Major-General McPherson will move toward Stone Mountain to secure strong ground within four miles of General Schofield's position, and push Brigadier-General Garrard's cavalry to the railroad, and destroy some section of the road, and then resumed position to the front and left of General McPherson.

IV. All armies will communicate with their neighbors. The general-in-chief will be near General Thomas' left, or near General Schofield.

By order of Major General W. T. Sherman: