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Burbridge, in Kentucky, and General Rousseau, to send me all the cavalry that can possibly be spared, as the enemy will surely be on our railroad very soon.

W. T. SHERMAN,

Major-General, Commanding.

HEADQUARTERS DEPARTMENT OF THE CUMBERLAND,

August 1, 1864.

Major-Generals SHERMAN and HOWARD:

The firing you have heard was from the skirmishers in Palmer's and Williams' lines, driving in the rebel pickets. They have been driven into their intrenchments and are held are now held there by our sharpshooters.

GEO. H. THOMAS,

Major-General.

HDQRS. MILITARY DIVISION OF THE MISSISSIPPI,

In the Field, near Atlanta, Ga., August 1, 1864.

General THOMAS:

General Howard reports an unusual movement of troops out of Atlanta to his right. I am very anxious to hear the substance of Colonel Brownlow's story. I am told by General Barry's aide that he saw Colonel Brownlow at your camp. I cannot understand Brownlow's return if McCook had surrendered.

W. T. SHERMAN,

Major-General, Commanding.

HEADQUARTERS DEPARTMENT OF THE CUMBERLAND,

August 1, 1864-9 p. m.

Major-General SHERMAN:

Colonel Brownlow reports that McCook destroyed twelve miles of the Macon railroad, and a bridge over the White Water, longer than the Chattahoochee bridge. he also destroyed over 500 wagons, Hood's Hardee's, and other headquarters wagons among them. Unfortunately he then turned back on his old route and commenced to destroy the West Point road, when he was attacked on the 29th [30th], near Newman, by infantry and cavalry in overwhelming numbers, surrounded, and all who did not cut their way through were either killed or captured. There are nearly 500 now in Marietta, and Brownlow thinks many more will find their way in. The First Wisconsin was cut off near Campbellton, and returned two days ago. I will send you his report in the morning.

GEO. H. THOMAS,

Major-General.

SHERMAN'S HEADQUARTERS,

August 1, 1864.

Major-General THOMAS:

I wish you to see that some one officer, say the colonel of a small infantry regiment, be at the railroad bridge and occupy the rebel intrenchments toward Vining's and about Turner's Ferry, and collect in

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