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HEADQUARTERS FOURTH ARMY CORPS,

August 3, 1864. (Received 10.30 a. m.)

Major-General SHERMAN:

One of our signal officers reports that the rebels are leaving the front of our left and are moving off to their left; are passing through Atlanta. He says no artillery with them. General Stanley is in front; will send your dispatch to him at once. He has gone to push a reconnaissance from Grose's front.

J. S. FULLERTON,

Assistant Adjutant-General.

STANLEY'S HEADQUARTERS,

August 3, 1864-1.20 p. m.

Captain L. M. DAYTON,

Actg. Asst. Adjt. gen., Hdqrs. Mil. div. of the Mississippi:

The troops reported as leaving my front by the signal officers were replaced by other troops. About one small brigade moved west through Atlanta. We can yet see their artillery in position.

D. S. STANLEY,

Major-General.

HEADQUARTERS FOURTH ARMY CORPS,

August 3, 1864.

Major-General HOWARD:

We carried the rebel skirmish rifle-pits along our entire front. Newton reports that he carried three lines, and Gibson's brigade the same. Skirmishers of Hazen's and Knefler's brigade driven back. The enemy showed quite strong force. Opened at least twenty pieces artillery. We have lost 30 men. Have taken about 40 prisoners. Cheatham's division in front of Wood and Newton. Prisoners report Cleburne's division on right.

J. S. FULLERTON,

Assistant Adjutant-General.

HDQRS. MILITARY DIVISION OF THE MISSISSIPPI,

In the Field, near Atlanta, Ga., August 3, 1864.

General STANLEY:

General Hascall is across Utoy Creek and General Baird is passing. Watch well the effect on the extreme left, and at whatever points signal officers can see in Atlanta.

W. T. SHERMAN,

Major-General, Commanding.

HEADQUARTERS DEPARTMENT OF THE CUMBERLAND,

Near Atlanta, Ga., August 3, 1864. (Received 10.15 a. m.)

Major General D. S. STANLEY,

Command ding Fourth Army Corps:

GENERAL: The major-general commanding directs that you strip the south end of the bridge at Power's Ferry, and move the guard down to Pace's Ferry and guard the bridge at that point.

Very respectfully, your obedient servant,

HENRY STONE,

Assistant Adjutant-General.