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were given, but it was reported that the attack came from Hood's corps and fell on the Fifteenth Corps. The repulse was complete, and we hold the ground.

W. T. SHERMAN,

Major-General, Commanding.

HDQRS. MILITARY DIVISION OF THE MISSISSIPPI,

In the Field, near Atlanta, Ga., July 28, 1864.

General SCHOFIELD:

General Howard's conduct to-day had an excellent effect on his command. After the firing has ceased he walked the line, and the men gathered about him in the most affectionable manner, and he at once gained their hearts and confidence. I deem this a perfect restoration to confidence in themselves and leader of that army.

W. T. SHERMAN,

Major-General, Commanding.

HDQRS. MILITARY DIVISION OF THE MISSISSIPPI,

In the Field, near Atlanta, Ga., July 28, 1864.

General SCHOFIELD:

If you have not already a command by one of your batteries of the Decatur road and railway, clear out the trees, so that your shot and shell can reach them easily about the brick house you burned.

W. T. SHERMAN,

Major-General, Commanding.

HDQRS. MILITARY DIVISION OF THE MISSISSIPPI,

In the Field, near Atlanta, Ga., July 28, 1864.

General SCHOFIELD:

Let one of your batteries, 20-pounder Parrott or Napoleon, throw a shot into Atlanta every fifteen minutes during the night, partly for effect and partly for signals to our cavalry.

W. T. SHERMAN,

Major-General, Commanding.

HEADQUARTERS ARMY OF THE OHIO,

July 28, 1864 - 9 p. m.

Major-General SHERMAN:

I have your dispatch. Howard's success is splendid and must go far toward determining a speedy evacuation of Atlanta. I will carry out your directions about the night firing and command of the Decatur road.

J. M. SCHOFIELD,

Major-General.

HEADQUARTERS ARMY OF THE OHIO,

Near Atlanta, Ga., July 28, 1864.

Brigadier General J. D. COX,

Commanding Third Division, Twenty-third Army Corps:

GENERAL: General Sherman informs me that Howard repulsed the enemy handsomely in every attack, his dead being left in our hands; our men fought behind breast-works and suffered but slight loss.