HDQRS. MILITARY DIVISION OF THE MISSISSIPPI, M
In the Field, near Atlanta, July 22, 1864-4.40 a. m.
GENERAL: Schofield has reported the enemy's main line in his possession. Satisfy yourself on this point, and don't enter Atlanta, but join your army in the pursuit south.
W. T. SHERMAN,
HDQRS. SECOND DIVISION, FOURTH ARMY CORPS,
July 22, 1864.
Brigadier General W. D. WHIPPLE,
Assistant Adjutant-General, Dept.of the Cumberland:
GENERAL: I would respectfully inform you that the enemy have left my front, but that I am unable to advance, as General Hooker has cut in ahead of me, and his column fill the road. Please give me instructions what to do.
I am, general, very respectfully,
P. S.- Deserters who came in state that Loring's division was in my front yesterday, occupying the works on the left of the road from the Atlanta road toward the creek.
HEADQUARTERS DEPARTMENT OF THE CUMBERLAND,
On railroad two miles from Atlanta, Ga., July 22, 1864-10 a. m.
Brigadier General JOHN NEWTON,
Commanding Second Division, Fourth Army Corps:
GENERAL: Yours of this date received. The major -general commanding directs that you report to Major-General Howard and notify him, unless he has already received the order, that he desires all the Army of the Cumberland to move in this direction. If he cannot move his corps at once, on account of the road being filled by General Hooker's column, he will follow that column as soon as possible.
Very respectfully, yours,
WM. D. WHIPPLE,
HEADQUARTERS FOURTH ARMY CORPS,
Near Atlanta, Ga., July 22, 1864-12.30 p.m.
GENERAL: The general commanding directs that you place all of your guns in position on your line for the purpose of firing into Atlanta and the forts around the same. Open fire at 3 p. m. All of the batteries on your left will open at the same time. Fire southwest, or on
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