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HEADQUARTERS FOURTH ARMY CORPS,

Buck Head, Ga., July 19, 1864-8 p. m.

Brigadier-General WHIPPLE, Chief of Staff:

GENERAL: In accordance with instructions, General Wood made a demonstration this a. m. along the Atlanta road to Peach Tree Creek. Generals Newton and Stanley at the same time making a reconnaissance with a small force on the roads to the left. The enemy was found in considerable force and well posted. His works covering the bridge were carefully constructed intrenchments. As soon as I received the order from your headquarters dated 9.15 a. m. of to-day, I ordered General Wood to force a crossing. This he did very handsomely, driving out a brigade of the enemy's infantry and taking possession of his rifle-pits. He took about 30 prisoners. General Stanley effected a crossing of the North Fork of Peach Tree Creek, extinguished the burning and repaired the bridge. Casualties of the corps about 20 killed and wounded.

Very respectfully, &c.,

O. O. HOWARD,

Major-General.

HEADQUARTERS FOURTH ARMY CORPS,

Buck Head, Ga., July 19, 1864.

Major-General STANLEY, Commanding First Division:

The general commanding directs that you secure the bridge, if possible, by throwing a force over the creek. Strengthen your force there, if you think it necessary, to the extent of a brigade.

Very respectfully, your obedient servant,

O. O. HOWARD,

Major-General.

HEADQUARTERS DEPARTMENT OF THE CUMBERLAND,

In the Field, near Howell's Mill, Peach Tree Creek, Ga.,

July 19, 1864.

Major General J. M. PALMER,

Commanding Fourteenth Army Corps:

GENERAL: The major-general commanding directs that as soon as Brigadier-General Johnson can get his brigade finished that you cause his and Brigadier-General Baird's divisions to push toward Atlanta, Johnson feeling for General Hooker's right. Brigadier-General Davis' division had better remain where it is to prevent and meet any movement the enemy may make to turn our right, unless he ascertains that he (the enemy) has ceased to occupy the heights in his (Davis') front and right.

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

WM. D. WHIPPLE,

Assistant Adjutant-General.

HEADQUARTERS TWENTIETH ARMY CORPS,

Peach Tree Creek, Ga., July 19, 1864-5 p. m.

Brigadier-General WHIPPLE, Chief of Staff:

GENERAL: General Geary has one brigade established on the south side of Peach Tree Creek. I have directed him to skirmish along the