War of the Rebellion: Serial 076 Page 0314 THE ATLANTA CAMPAIGN. Chapter L.

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Hall. With Hall is well fortified, but a point of the railroad between there and East Point is not. I have ordered General Thomas to repeat the reconnaissance toward East Point. I will be with General Schofield to-day.

W. T. SHERMAN,

Major-General.

HDQRS. MILITARY DIVISION OF THE MISSISSIPPI,

In the Field, near Atlanta, Ga., July 31, 1864.

General HOWARD:

I would like you to advanced your right to-morrow from about the meeting-house toward East Point. ready for General Schofield to prolong your line. Generals Davis's division are at hand to back you. General Thomas has made reconnaissances half a mile toward East Point. I expect both While Hall and East Point are fortified, but there must be a weak point in the long curtain between.

W. T. SHERMAN,

Major-General, Commanding.

HDQRS. MILITARY DIVISION OF THE MISSISSIPPI,

In the Field, near Atlanta, Ga., July 31, 1864.

General HOWARD:

General Garrard did not destroy any of the railroad. He was posted at Flat Rock by General Stoneman to occupy the attention of the enemy's cavalry, which he (Stoneman) pressed to his rear and south. All we know to the Macon road is from a Colonel Garrard, with General Schofield, who visited Decatur and learned from a woman that the enemy's cavalry had been to Decatur, and reported that our cavalry had got on the road at Jonesborough and burned ten miles of the road and was going on down burning as he went. General staid two days at Flat Rock; says he was completely surrounded, but cut his way out, though his loss was trifling. The locomotives that are whistling near you may be bagged.

W. T. SHARMAN,

Major-General, Commanding.

HEADQUARTERS SEVENTEENTH ARMY CORPS,

DEPARTMENT AND ARMY OF THE TENNESSEE,

Before Atlanta, Ga., July 31, 1864.

Captain L. M. DAYTON,

A. D. C. and A. A. A. G., Military Division of the Mississippi:

CAPTAIN: The following regiments and detachments were detailed from this corps to take part in the Red River expedition, under General A. J. Smith, viz, Third Iowa Infantry Volunteers, Forty-first Illinois Infantry Volunteers, Eighty-first Illinois Infantry Volunteers, Ninety-fifth Illinois Infantry Volunteers, Fourteenth Wisconsin Infantry Volunteers, Thirty-third Wisconsin Infantry Volunteers, Fifty-eighth Ohio Infantry Volunteers. I heard unofficially that upon their return to the Mississippi River they were ordered to rejoin this corps, but were de-