War of the Rebellion: Serial 076 Page 0296 THE ATLANTA CAMPAIGN. Chapter L.

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HEADQUARTERS ARMY OF THE OHIO,

Before Atlanta, Ga., July 29, 1864.

Colonel ISRAEL GARRARD, Commanding Seventh Ohio Cavalry:

COLONEL: Colonel Reilly, commanding brigade, Third Division, Twenty-third Army Corps, has been ordered to make a vigorous demonstration upon the enemy's extreme right. The objects a diversion in favor of our cavalry and also to prevent any movement of the enemy's cavalry upon our flank or rear. The commanding general directs that you report with your regiment to Colonel Reilly and act with the infantry. Colonel Reilly's brigade is now moving toward Decatur on the Atlanta and Decatur road, and you will report to him on the road.

Very respectfully, your obedient servant,

J. A. CAMPBELL,

Major and Assistant Adjutant-General.

HDQRS. FIRST BRIGADE, CAVALRY CORPS,

Near General Stanley's Line, outside the Skirmish Line, June 29, 1864.

Major CAMPBELL,

Assistant Adjutant-General, Army of the Ohio:

MAJOR: I have the honor to report that the scouting party under Captain Rankin, Seventh Ohio Volunteer Cavalry, which has just returned from Decatur, reports no enemy in that direction, and none have passed through since the cavalry force that followed General Stoneman. The report of citizens, negroes, and the condition of the roads since the rain of day before yesterday, all sustain the correctness of this report.

Very respectfully, your obedient servant,

ISRAEL GARRARD,

Colonel, Commanding.

SHERMAN'S HEADQUARTERS,

July 29, 1864.

General SCHOFIELD:

Send me the names of two colonels - names you want made brigadier-generals. Keep things active on your front and flank. The utmost activity should be kept up till our cavalry is hear from. Thomas will make a strong demonstration toward East Point will two divisions of his reserve.

W. T. SHERMAN,

Major-General.

HEADQUARTERS DEPARTMENT OF THE TENNESSEE,

July 29, 1864.

Major-General SHERMAN:

I have reliable information that Hardee is making a movement of some kind and some indications that he is trying to place his force between me and Turner's Ferry. What is the extent of General Thomas' demonstration on my right, and when will it take place?

O. O. HOWARD,

Major-General.