War of the Rebellion: Serial 076 Page 0224 THE ATLANTA CAMPAIGN. Chapter L.

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in his fortifications, and also in masses in front of us, his position covered by two intrenched lines of skirmishers. I think my batteries in Hooker's line, and perhaps Johnson's can reach the town; but the right being slightly refused to cover the flank the batteries posted there cannot. McCook will be on Davis's right and rear by sunset, if he has executed the orders given him, and we will push on, closing on the enemy, if he remains in his entrenchments, early to-morrow morning. We have taken some prisoners, but have had no serious fighting to-day.

The enemy is replying to our artillery fire with much spirit.

Yours, very respectfully,

GEO. H. THOMAS,

Major-General, U. S. Volunteers, Commanding.

HEADQUARTERS DEPARTMENT OF THE CUMBERLAND,

July 22, 1864.

Colonel G. P. BUELL,

Commanding Pontoon Train:

COLONEL: The general commanding directs that you take up the pontoon bridge at Pace's Ferry and move down to General Stoneman, to put the bridge across at the point selected by him. After having completed this duty you will please report at these headquarters.

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

HENRY STONE,

Assistant Adjutant-General.

HEADQUARTERS DEPARTMENT OF THE CUMBERLAND,

In the Field, July 22, 1864-5.30 p. m.

Colonel G. P. BUELL,

Commanding Fifty-eighth Indiana Volunteer (Pontoniers):

The major-general commanding countermands the orders given you this morning to move your two bridges to Turner's Ferry and report to Major-General Stoneman, and directs that you lay them at Howell's Ferry near the railroad bridge.

Yours, very respectfully,

WM. D. WHIPPLE,

Assistant Adjutant-General.

HEADQUARTERS FOURTH ARMY CORPS,

Near Atlanta, Ga., July 22, 1864-3.15 a. m.

Brigadier-General WHIPPLE,

Chief of Staff:

GENERAL: The enemy has evacuated his works in front of General Stanley, and he has occupied them. I have no report from General Wood yet.

Very respectfully, your obedient servant,

O. O. HOWARD,

Major-General, Commanding.