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could take stand of colors with his company. He answered, "I can." So with five of his men he charged them, killing the officer (a captain), capturing the colors and color bearer, and wounding 2 of the color guard. I will also forward you the names of the men who are entitled to the honors of helping to capture the flag: Jacob Cross, Eliphalet Greely, Joseph Goodwin, Corpl. N. Sprague, and Corpl. I. W. Rittenhouse. If consistent, I would most earnestly request that the colors be returned to Lieutenant Riggs as a reward of his bravery.

I am, sir, your obedient servant,

J. S. WINDSOR,

Commanding 116th Illinois Infantry.

[JULY 24, 1864.- For Garrard to Sherman, reporting results of raid to Covington, see Part II, p. 809.]

HDQRS. MILITARY DIVISION OF THE MISSISSIPPI,

In the Field, near Atlanta, G., July 24, 1864-2 p. m.

General GARRARD,

Decatur:

GENERAL: I am rejoined to hear that you are back safe and successful. General Rousseau has brought me 2,500 good cavalry, having been to Opelika and destroyed thirty miles of road between West Point and Montgomery. I will give you time to rest and then we must make quick work with Atlanta. I await your report with impatience, and in the mean time tender you the assurance of my great consideration.

Your friend,

W. T. SHERMAN,

Major-General, Commanding.

HDQRS. THIRD DIVISION, FIFTEENTH ARMY CORPS,

Cartersville, Ga., July 24, 1864.

Colonel BENJAMIN D. DEAN,

Twenty-sixth Missouri Infantry:

SIR: You will move with your command to Kingston, Ga., and relieve the Fifth Iowa Infantry, stationed on the Etowah River, and will assume command of the post of Kingston and Third Brigade, Third Division, Fifteenth Army Corps, relieving Colonel J. Banbury, who will report to his regiment for duty.

By order of Brigadier General John E. Smith:

C. L. WHITE,

Captain and Assistant Adjutant-General.

HDQRS. MILITARY DIVISION OF THE MISSISSIPPI,

In the Field, near Atlanta, Ga., July 24, 1864.

Major-General SLOCUM,

Commanding Vicksburg, &c.:

GENERAL: I have received your of July 2.* I fear you were more affected by the words of my telegram than I designed. By the lan-

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* See Vol. XXXIX.

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