War of the Rebellion: Serial 076 Page 0510 THE ATLANTA CAMPAIGN. Chapter L.

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HDQRS. CHIEF OF CAVALRY, DEPT. OF THE CUMBERLAND,

Near Atlanta, Ga., August 15, 1864.

Captain R. P. KENNEDY,

Assistant Adjutant- General, General Garrard's Headquarters:

If the force ordered to Vining's Station, via Pace's Ferry, in pursuit of 500 rebel cavalry reported to be marching on Vining's, has not started or is not available,send courier to General Garrard with this communication. The pursuit of rebels above referred to is to take precedence of all other orders.

W. L. ELLIOTT,

Brigadier General, U. S. Vols., Chief of Cav., Dept. of the Cumberland.

HDQRS. CHIEF OF CAVALRY, DEPT. OF THE CUMBERLAND,

Near Atlanta, August 15, 1864.

Lieutenant WILLIAM B. RIPPETOE,

Eighteenth Indiana Battery:

The general commanding directs me to inform you that there is a report of 500 cavalry moving toward Vining's Station. Have your men well in hand to guard against any surprise.

I am, very respectfully, your obedient servant,

DAVID F. HOW,

Lieutenant and Acting Assistant Adjutant- General.

STATION OBSERVATION,

Near General Geary's Headquarters, August 15, 1864.

Captain A. K. TAYLOR,

Acting Signal Officer:

CAPTAIN: I have to report that the enemy were at work to- day at same place reported yesterday, and this evening at fort south and distant from station two miles and a half. The greater number of shells from siege guns exploded in that part of the city between my station and church spires. Three exploded over the city and one in front and close up to six- gun for tin front of the right of General Geary's division, and one over the works a short distance further to the enemy's left. I noticed several times this afternoon considerable smoke rising in rear o large brick and square stone building just to my left of brick smoke- stack.

I am, very respectfully, your obedient servant,

W. W. HOPKINS,

Captain and Acting Signal Officer.

SHERMAN'S HEADQUARTERS,

August 15, 1864 (Received 12.30 p. m.)

General SCHOFIELD:

General Howard's signal officer reports a column of infantry, followed by wagons passing to our right. Do you know whether Kilpatrick is on this side or not! Keep a good lookout in the direction of that road, where we saw the wagons, and report any movements of interest. I think Kilpatrick will make the road at Fairburn.

W. T. SHERMAN,

Major- General.