War of the Rebellion: Serial 076 Page 0194 THE ATLANTA CAMPAIGN. Chapter L.

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Buck Head, Ga., July 19, 1864-6 p. m.

Orders of the day for the Fourth Army Corps, for July 20, 1864.

This corps will march on Atlanta, starting promptly at 5 a. m. to-morrow. The troops will move in two columns on different roads, but these columns will unite soon after leaving the other side of Peach Tree Creek. Major-General Stanley's division will constitute one column, and the other will be composed of Generals Newton's and Wood's divisions, General Newton's division to take the lead. After these two columns form a junction, Major-General Stanley's division will take the lead, followed by General Newton's and then General Wood's division. The route of march will pointed out to division commanders before 5 a. m. to-morrow.

By order of Major-General Howard:


Assistant Adjutant-General.


NEAR DECATUR, GA., Numbers 72.

July 29, 1864.

In order to carry out Special Field Orders, Numbers 39, headquarters Military Division of the Mississippi, a copy of which is inclosed herewith,* the following movements will take place to-morrow:

1. Major General John A. Logan will move his command through decatur, on the direct road to Atlanta, starting at 5 a. m.

2. Major-General Blair will move his command, starting at 6 o'clock, into Decatur, thence south, or nearly so, a mile and a half to Schofield's house, where he will take a road leaving to Atlanta and which intersects the main road from Decatur at a distance of three miles from Atlanta, coming in on the left of Major-General Logan.

3. Major-General Dodge will hold his command in his present position and be ready to follow immediately after the Fifteenth Army Corps on direct road.

4. Brigadier-General Garrard will operate upon our left flank and rear as we move toward Atlanta, and will so dispose his forces as to cover the trains in and about Decatur from any cavalry dash.

5. All wagons, except ammunition wagons and ambulances, will be left behind in the vicinity and to the north of Decatur, until the result of our advance is determined.

6. The command will move forward prepared for battle, division of all useless incumberances, and the major-general commanding trusts that every man will be found in ranks and in his proper place.

By order of Major General James B. McPherson:


Assistant Adjutant-General.

NEAR ATLANTA, GA., July 20, 1864-9 p. m.

(Received 12.45 p. m. 21st.)

Major General H. M. HALLECK,

Washington, D. C.:

GENERAL: I have a dispatch from General Grant. Answer him in my name that Major General Smith has the very orders he suggests,


*See p. 193.