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commanding the department to send the reserve division to support General Jeff. Davis' division upon a reconnaissance.* General Williams desires that you execute the order without delay.

I have the honor to be, general, yours, respectfully,

S. E. PITTMAN,

Captain and Acting Aide-de-Camp.

HEADQUARTERS ARMY OF THE OHIO,

Before Atlanta, Ga., July 29, 1864.

Major-General SHERMAN:

I have sent a brigade of infantry with Colonel Garrard's cavalry to make a detour to the left and threaten the enemy's extreme right, reconnoitering all the roads to the east and south. I will also keep up activity along my front.

J. M. SCHOFIELD,

Major-General.

HEADQUARTERS ARMY OF THE OHIO,

Before Atlanta, Ga., July 29, 1864.

Major-General SHERMAN:

Colonel Reilly has just returned from his reconnaissance to the left. He passed the left of the line occupied by the Army of the Tennessee during the battle of the 22d, and struck the rebel intrenchments about six miles from Atlanta, and three miles from the Decatur road. He drove before him a considerable force of cavalry, mostly militia, and found a brigade or more of regular infantry in the intrenchments. He kept up his demonstration during the day and retired at night with slight loss.

J. M. SCHOFIELD,

Major-General.

HDQRS. MILITARY DIVISION OF THE MISSISSIPPI,

In the Field, near Atlanta, Ga., July 29, 1864.

General SCHOFIELD:

General Thomas has got two divisions to the right of General Howard, and to-morrow will push forward close to the railroad. General Thomas thinks the enemy must be very weak in Atlanta. Feel your front strong in the morning, and repeat the movement on the left. It is time we heard something of our cavalry.

W. T. SHERMAN,

HEADQUARTERS ARMY OF THE OHIO,

Before Atlanta, Ga., July 29, 1864.

Major-General SHERMAN,

Commanding Military Division of the Mississippi:

There is a large quantity of bridge timber on the railroad near the brick house; shall I destroy it?

J. M. SCHOFIELD,

Major-General.

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* See Whipple to Williams, p. 292.

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