HOWARD'S HOUSE, August 13, 1864-9 a.m.
Can see three regiments in rear of rebel main line. One about south 30 degrees west, near the fort on their right, one in front of the medical college, and one west near the fort where the large guns are. They are pitching tents and putting up shelters as though they had just moved in. In other parts of the line everything seems to be same as usual. Can see seven battle-flags. Some firing on the skirmish line.
HOWARD'S HOUSE, August 13, 1864.
Chief Signal Officer:
No change in the rebel lines in the front since morning. Hear heavy artillery firing beyond the city about south 4 degrees west.
HEADQUARTERS FOURTH ARMY CORPS,
Near Atlanta, Ga., August 13, 1864-1.30 a.m.
Chief of Staff:
General Kimball just reports that the pickets in his front near the brown house report that a rebel column has been passing their front toward our left for the last hour and a half, and that the enemy has kept up a constant skirmish fire all night. I have just directed General Wood to send two regiments at once to the Roswell road as a support for General Kimball's left.
D. S. STANLEY,
HEADQUARTERS DEPARTMENT OF THE CUMBERLAND,
Camp near Atlanta, August 13, 1864.
(Received 9.50 a.m.)
Major General D. S. STANLEY,
Commanding Fourth Army Corps:
GENERAL: General Garrard has been ordered to send a scouting party in the direction of Decatur, for the purpose of ascertaining the amount of those movements the enemy made last night and his apparent intentions, and the major-general commanding directs that you be on the watch for the earliest information or signs of movement of the enemy.
WM. D. WHIPPLE,
August 13, 1864-8.30 a.m.
COLONEL: I have delayed answering yours until I could ascertain more certainly the facts as to the movement last night. It is certain that