ground very early in the morning. I think we can make the thing safe, and it may be of vast importance to the movement on the right of the army.
Your obedience servant,
D. S. STANLEY,
HDQRS, CHIEF OF CAVALRY, DEPT. OF THE CUMBERLAND,
August 1, 1864.
General J. KILPATRICK, Cartersville, Ga.:
Protect with your division to Chattahoochee River, taking the Sand town road. Should you find any stragglers from First Division, bring them up with you. We hear the division inflicted considerable damage on the enemy, but was afterward overpowered by cavalry and infantry. Please answer.
W. L. ELLIOTT,
Brigadier-General and Chief of Cavalry.
MARIETTA, GA., August 1, 1864.
General W. D. WHIPPLE, Assistant Adjutant-General:
Colonel James P. Brownlow has just come in here with a very few straggling cavalry, entirely demoralized. Brownlow is barefooted. he reports that our cavalry destroyed the West Point and Macon Railroad to such an extent that it will require fifteen days to repair it; that they burn 500 wagons, including Hood's and Hardee's, and nearly all other headquarters train; that after doing this damage they went to Newman, Ga., where General McCook's division was attacked by Kelly's and Humes' division of cavalry and a division of infantry, and that McCook and his command were nearly all captured. Harrison killed. I start immediately for camp, and will bring Brownlow with me.
J. G. PARKHURST,
Colonel and Provost-Marshal-General.
HEADQUARTERS ARMY OF THE OHIO,
Before Atlanta, Ga., August 1, 1864.
Everything is so wet that I do not think anything can be done toward destroying the Decatur road to-day. However, I will try it if you desire.
J. M. ACHOFIELD,
August 1, 1864 (Received 10.50 a. m.)
I guess we will trust to the railroad being enough broken, but I want some noise on that flank, as fear that the enemy's cavalry may all turn on McCook. We hear from down the river that he broke twelve miles of the Macon road, and burned 300 wagon loads of clothing.
W. T. SHERMAN,