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prisoners there. This is probably more than he can accomplish, but it is worthy of determination effort. While these are in progress I will, with the main army, give employment to all of the rebel army still in Atlanta.

W. T. SHERMAN,

Major-General.

HDQRS. MILITARY DIVISION OF THE MISSISSIPPI,

In the Field, near Atlanta, Ga., July 26, 1864.

General THOMAS:

General McCook represents the enemy's cavalry to his front intrenched behind good works, extending from about White Hall down to the Chattahoochee, and he apprehend difficulty in breaking through. I have consented to his down the west bank of the Chattahoochee to a point about Campbellton, crossing there and striking out for the railroad. This will turn the position of the cavalry, and force them back to meet General McCook on more open ground.

W. T. SHERMAN,

Major-General, Commanding.

HDQRS. MILITARY DIVISION OF THE MISSISSIPPI,

In the Field, near Atlanta, Ga., July 26, 1864.

General THOMAS:

Major-General Howard is ordered to the command of the Army and Department of the Tennessee. I want him in his new command at once.

W. T. SHERMAN,

Major-General, Commanding.

HDQRS. MILITARY DIVISION OF THE MISSISSIPPI,

In the Field,near Atlanta, July 26, 1864.

(Received 10 p. m.)

Major-General HOWARD:

I have this moment received a dispatch from Halleck. You are assigned to command the Army and Department of the Tennessee. I want you to-morrow to assumed command and give directions to the army as it goes into position to-morrow. If your will come to my headquarters will ride with you and explain my wishes.

I am, truly, your friend,

W. T. SHERMAN,

Major-General, Commanding.

HDQRS. MILITARY DIVISION OF THE MISSISSIPPI,

In the Field, before Atlanta, Ga., July 26, 1864.

Major-General THOMAS and SCHOFIELD:

GENTLEMAN: As a part of the moment to-morrow I wish, while the cavalry is moving out, say at 6 a. m., and General Logan's troops shifting from left to right, that you send from some point of the front