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HDQRS. SECOND DIVISION, FOURTEENTH ARMY CORPS,

July 21, 1864-7 p. m.

Captain McCLURG:

CAPTAIN: For the information of the general commanding, I have the honor to state that the reconnaissance made by my troops, to-day advanced as far as the Marietta and Atlanta road and threw skirmishers beyond it. The enemy's skirmish line was found running along the toll and. After remaining on the road some two hours. General Morgan's skirmishers were driven in and to the Peach Tree Creek by a force estimated at three regiments. These troops came from the enemy's works over the railroad near the river.

I am, very respectfully,

JEF. C. DAVIS,

Brigadier-General, Commanding.

[Indorsement.]

HEADQUARTERS FOURTEENTH ARMY CORPS,

July 21, 1864-7.30 p. m.

Received since my return to quarters and forwarded.

This report confirms the impression I entertain my line is safe to the road to Atlanta. I have just had a conversation with "Tippen," who says the rebel guns were fired from the high hill which overlooks Atlanta. The prisoners say that fell into Atlanta on yesterday, producing great consternation. They also that General Stevens, commanding a brigade, was killed yesterday, and not Stevenson.

J. M. PALMER,

Major-General.

HEADQUARTERS DEPARTMENT OF THE CUMBERLAND,

In the Field, July 21, 1864.

Major General J. M. PALMER,

Commanding Fourteenth Army Corps:

GENERAL: Your received (of 6.30). The major-general commanding directs that you cause Generals Johnson and Baird to fortify well, and push out again to-morrow as far as they can without bringing on a general engagement. Orders will to-night be sent to Brigadier-General McCook to send over a brigade of cavalry to relieve Brigadier-General Davis' pickets along Peach Tree Creek to-morrow morning. When that brigade arrives, Brigadier-General Davis' division should be massed upon Brigadier-General Baird's right and move forward with the line of the other two divisions, should they not have moved already.

Yours, very respectfully,

WM. D. WHIPPLE,

Assistant Adjutant-General.

HDQRS. CHIEF OF CAVALRY, DEPT. OF THE CUMBERLAND,

Near Buck Head, Ga., July 21, 1864.

Brigadier General E. M. McCOOK,

Commanding First Cavalry Division:

The general commanding directs that you move one brigade of your command across the river early to-morrow morning and relieve General