War of the Rebellion: Serial 076 Page 0230 THE ATLANTA CAMPAIGN. Chapter L.

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HDQRS. THIRD DIVISION, TWENTY-THIRD ARMY CORPS,

July 22, 1864-5 a. m.

Major J. A. CAMPBELL,

Assistant Adjutant-General:

MAJOR: The lines in our front are also found to be evacuated, our skirmishers going into them without hinderance. Three deserters have come in, reporting that they left early in the night. They know nothing of the force to the right or left of Hoods' corps, to which they belonged, nor whether the intention was to be beyond Atlanta.

Very respectfully, &c.,

J. D. COX,

Brigadier-General, Commanding.

HEADQUARTERS ARMY OF THE OHIO,

July 22, 1864-5.30 a.m.

Brigadier General J. D. COX,

Commanding Third Division, Twenty-third Army Corps:

GENERAL: Your dispatch of 5 a. m. received. Hascall has been ordered to move forward on the road until he finds the enemy or reaches Atlanta, and the commanding general desires you to follow and support him.

Very respectfully, your obedient servant,

J. A. CAMPBELL,

Major and Assistant Adjutant-General.

[JULY 22, 1864]-5.30 p. m.

Major-General SCHOFIELD:

General Dodge has called on me for assistance, and I am obliged to send Barter to him, leaving but one brigade here, General Logan having directed me to do this, if called on. I am three-fourths of a mile in front and left of Dodge, and they ask for Barter's brigade, because they say his left is threatened. This will indicate that my position with the remaining brigade is not very secure.

No change in front since Colonel Hartsuff left.

Yours, &c.,

J. D. COX,

Brigadier-General.

My present position was shown me by General Logan, and is in itself good enough, if connected with any one.

HEADQUARTERS ARMY OF THE OHIO,

Before Atlanta, Ga., July 22, 1864-8.45 p. m.

Major General W. T. SHERMAN,

Commanding Military Division of the Mississippi:

GENERAL: Colonel Reily reports that he has made a personal reconnaissance of Decatur; that the trains have all passed inside of our lines; that there is no rebel force at Decatur, and has been none but a