War of the Rebellion: Serial 076 Page 0502 THE ATLANTA CAMPAIGN. Chapter L.

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HDQRS. MILITARY DIVISION OF THE MISSISSIPPI,

In the Field, near Atlanta, August 14, 1864.

General J. E. SMITH,

Cartersville:

I have sent a brigade of General Garrard's cavalry over toward Canton to intercept those cattle. Tell General McCook it is important that party represented as 200 strong that has been on the road should be hunted down, else you will have no peace on the road.

W. T. SHERMAN,

Major- General, Commanding.

HDQRS. MILITARY DIVISION OF THE MISSISSIPPI,

In the Field, near Atlanta, August 14, 1864.

General J. E. SMITH.

Allatoona:

Use all the infantry you can spare in connection with cavalry, and interpose so as to prevent the escape up the valley of the Etowah of the party who captured the drove of cattle at Adairsville.

W. T. SHERMAN,

Major-General, Commanding.

CARTERSVILLE, August 14, 1864.

Major- General SHERMAN:

Two hundred and fifty cavalry left at daylight this a. m. for Jasper, by way of Pine Log; 100 more follow at 1 p. m. and 200 by way of Canton to Long Swamp Valley. Will send infantry to Hightower.

JNO. E. SMITH,

Brigadier- General.

HDQRS. MILITARY DIVISION OF THE MISSISSIPPI,

In the Field, near Atlanta, August 14, 1864- 10.30 p. m.

General JOHN E. SMITH:

The general commanding directs that you collect as strong an infantry force as possible from Rome ad other points at the most favorable place to strike Wheeler on his return; and also to obstruct the passes and crossings of the river, and arrange for giving him ambush reception. Obstruct the roads in order to catch his artillery if possible.

L. M. DAYTON,

Aide- de- Camp.

HDQRS. MILITARY DIVISION OF THE MISSISSIPPI,

In the Field, near Atlanta, August 14, 1864.

General VANDEVER,

Rome:

You know our navy is in Mobile Bay, and have captured the rebel gun- boats, and I think they can take Mobile. Also General A. J. Smith is moving on Columbus, Miss., and further this way. Now is the time for your Alabama cavalry to move straight down along the Coosa to gather horses and recruits. They should be very kind to the