War of the Rebellion: Serial 076 Page 0294 THE ATLANTA CAMPAIGN. Chapter L.

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HDQRS. MILITARY DIVISION OF THE MISSISSIPPI,

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

Major-General SCHOFIELD:

No, do not destroy the bridge.

W. T. SHERMAN,

Major-General, Commanding.

HEADQUARTERS ARMY OF THE OHIO,

Before Atlanta, Ga., July 29, 1864.

Brigadier General M. S. HASCALL,

Commanding Second Division, Twenty-third Army Corps:

GENERAL: The commanding general desires to know whether your demonstration to-day drew any artillery fire from the enemy or developed any force in your front more than a skirmish line. General Thomas reports that it is the impression of his division commanders in front of the city on the right that the enemy has withdrawn everything but his skirmish line. If your have any reason to believe such is the condition of affairs in your front the commanding general desires you to push forward either to-night, or at daylight in the morning, and ascertain the true condition of affairs.

Very respectfully, your obedient servant,

J. A. CAMPBELL,

Major and Assistant Adjutant-General.

HEADQUARTERS ARMY OF THE OHIO,

Before Atlanta, Ga., July 29, 1864.

Brigadier General J. D. Cox,

Commanding Third Division, Twenty-third Army Corps:

GENERAL: Please send a brigade to make a vigorous demonstration upon the enemy's extreme right. The brigade might go as far east as Decatur, thence south and west, but must of source be handled with discretion as well as vigor. Colonel Garrard with his regiment of cavalry will be ordered to report to the brigade commander and act with the infantry. The main object is a diversion in favor of our cavalry, also to prevent any movement of the enemy's cavalry upon our flank or rear.

Very respectfully, your obedient servant,

J. M. SCHOFIELD,

Major-General, Commanding.

HDQRS. THIRD DIVISION, TWENTY-THIRD ARMY CORPS,

Before Atlanta, July 29, 1864 - 9.15 a. m.

Major J. A. CAMPBELL,

Assistant Adjutant-General, &c.:

SIR: The dispatch of the commanding general is received. I have ordered Colonel Reilly to move out his brigade at once, for the proposed demonstration, taking the road near General Hascall's old front (on 20th instant) leading into the Decatur and Atlanta road, near where the left of the Army of the Tennessee formerly was, thence to the position occu-