War of the Rebellion: Serial 076 Page 0504 THE ATLANTA CAMPAIGN. Chapter L.

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MARIETTA, AUGUST 14, 1864.

General SHERMAN:

We have four trains at Kingston and two at Marietta. They will be ready to move north at 2.30 a. m. Will it be safe, and shall I send them on to Chattanooga.!

Very respectfully,

J. B. VAN DYNE,

Master Railroad Transportation.

AUGUST 14, 1864.

General SMITH,

Cartersville, Ga.:

Colonel Faulkner reports enemy with artillery four miles south Calhoun; he does not report his strength. Have you not mounted force enough to get in their rear with safety to your command!

JAS. B. STEEDMAN,

Major- General.

HEADQUARTERS,

Cleveland, August 14, 1864.

General STEEDMAN:

Captain Crowell, commanding company at Varnell's Station, sends a dispatch that 2,000 rebels are attacking Dalton. The artillery is distinctly heard by him. he wishes artillery sent to him. If no artillery can be sent, he wants a company of infantry. What shall I so!

H. G. GIBSON,

Second Ohio Heavy Artillery.

[AUGUST 14, 1864.- For correspondence between Wheeler and Laiboldt, relating to the surrender of Union forces at Dalton, see Part I, p. 324.]

DALTON, AuGUST 14, 1864.

Major- General STEEDMAN:

Wheeler has demanded surrender of this post. Send re- enforcements.

B. LAIBOLDT,

Colonel, Commanding.

CALHOUN, August 14, 1864.

Major General JAMES B. STEEDMAN,

Commanding, Chattanooga:

There are of General McCook's division at this place 300 mounted and 234 dismounted men available. The enemy has attacked a guard with large lot of cattle, four miles below here. He is using two pieces of artillery. I have sent all my effective mounted force to the relief of the guard, and to ascertain the force of the enemy.

J. K. FAULKNER,

Colonel, Commanding.