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HDQRS. MILITARY DIVISION OF THE MISSISSIPPI,

In the Field, near Atlanta, Ga., August 4, 1864.

General SCHOFIELD:

As soon as you have made enough roads and bridges to have easy communication across Utoy, I will come down to General Howard's right and your left. I think that dam might be cut away and a couple crossing-places made near General Cox's left and center. I want the heavy columns to move as early as 3 p. m., and there should be at least one road per division across Utoy and up the hill.

W. T. SHERMAN,

Major-General, Commanding.

HEADQUARTERS ARMY OF THE OHIO,

August 4, 1864--11.30 a. m.

Major-General SHERMAN:

We have good facilities for crossing the creek. I have ordered all preparations for the attack to be made by 2 o'clock, though we may not be ready before 3. Do you desire it made at any particular hour? General Palmer is sending a brigade to the right, as you suggested. Will you be here in person? General Palmer is making preparations to execute your orders, but expects orders through General Thomas.

J. M. SCHOFIELD,

Major-General.

HDQRS. MILITARY DIVISION OF THE MISSISSIPPI,

In the Field, near Atlanta, Ga., August 4, 1864.

General SCHOFIELD:

I have notified other commanders that the attack will commence at 3 p. m. That will be early enough. In the mean time make all preparations, especially to look to your connection with General Howard. I will be over. General Palmer will be ordered to report to you with his command.

W. T. SHERMAN,

Major-General, Commanding.

AUGUST 4, 1864.

General SCHOFIELD:

I am just starting for your flank. Go on and I will overtake you.

W. T. SHERMAN,

Major-General.

HDQRS. MILITARY DIVISION OF THE MISSISSIPPI,

In the Field, near Atlanta, Ga., August 4, 1864.

(Received 9.20 p. m.)

General SCHOFIELD:

That is very well as to your left, but I want to assume the offensive on the right, and wish you to order General Palmer to advance his left division till he reaches the Sandtown road, and its right supported by General Davis' division. General Johnson's division should reach the