HDQRS. CHIEF OF CAVALRY, DEPT. OF THE CUMBERLAND, Near Atlanta, Ga., August 8, 1864-11.30 p.m.
Brigadier General J. KILPATRICK, Commanding Third Cavalry Division:
The enemy's cavalry on the south side of the Chattahoochee threatens General Schofield's right flank on or near the Sandtown and Atlanta road. The general commanding directs that you make a demonstration opposite to and below Sandtown as if you intended to cross the river. Make the greatest show a force by counter marching command. Let this be done at an early hour but without harassing your animals more than is necessary.
I am, general, very respectfully, your obedient servant,
DAVID F. HOW,
Lieutenant and Acting Assistant Adjutant-General.
HDQRS. MILITARY DIVISION OF THE MISSISSIPPI, In the Field, near Atlanta, August 8, 1864.
(Received 9.05 a.m.)
I wish you to develop the enemy's position and strength on the right as soon as you can, that I may adopt some well-defined plan for further operations.
W. T. SHERMAN,
HEADQUARTERS ARMY OF THE OHIO, Near Atlanta, Ga., August 8, 1864-10.30 a.m.
I will push forward and develop the enemy's position as rapidly as practicable. I have just returned from the extreme right,which is near Utoy Creek. The enemy is behind intrenchments south of the creek and facing toward my flank. I have sent Hascall to cross the creek and try to clear that flank, while the rest of the corps is pushing forward. I think the force south of the creek is only cavalry with artillery.
J. M. SCHOFIELD,
HEADQUARTERS ARMY OF THE OHIO, In the Field, August 8, 1864-11.15 a.m.
General Hascall reports the enemy advancing in force on our rear his right. He has consequently suspended his movement and its preparing to receive an attack.
J. M. SCHOFIELD,
HDQRS. MILITARY DIVISION OF THE MISSISSIPPI, Proctor's Creek, August 8, 1864-1 p.m.
Your dispatches of 10.30 and 11.15 a.m. are received. I have been along General Corse's line, also General William's, and we are preparing