HDQRS. MILITARY DIVISION OF THE MISSISSIPPI,
In the Field, near Atlanta, August 5, 1864.
A heavy movement of troops is reported out of Atlanta, south through White Hall. Let your extreme left feel forward strong and fire half dozen shots with artillery in quick succession or by volleys, something different from the usual way.
W. T. SHERMAN,
HEADQUARTERS FOURTH ARMY CORPS,
August 5, 1864--10 p. m.
Commanding First Division, Fourth Army Corps:
Direct the artillery on your front to fire six volleys at intervals of ten minutes into Atlanta. Let your skirmishers keep up fire and notice if the rebels return fire. Do you see any sign of their quitting? If so, push skirmishers up. General Sherman thinks they may quit. Our forces did nothing on the right to-day. Baird captured 150 on skirmish line, but not being supported fell back to his intrenchments. Please answer.
D. S. STANLEY,
HEADQUARTERS DEPARTMENT OF THE CUMBERLAND,
In the Field, August 5, 1864.
Commanding Twentieth Army Corps:
Major-General Sherman reports that he can hear musketry on the front of Generals Palmer and Schofield and concludes that they must be engaged. The major-general commanding directs that you observe well the indications of the battle, and if there is any move of our troops toward the town that you be prepared to take advantage of it.
WM. D. WHIPPLE,
STATION OBSERVATION, August 5, 1864.
Captain A. K. TAYLOR,
Acting Signal Officer, Commanding:
CAPTAIN: No change since morning. Very few rebels seen during the skirmishing this afternoon along the front of the Fourth and Twentieth Army Corps. Saw rebel skirmishers firing from pit close to line of works near white frame house in front of First Division.
Very respectfully, your obedient servant,
W. W. HOPKINS,
First Lieutenant and Acting Signal Officer.