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HDQRS. THIRD DIVISION, FIFTEENTH ARMY CORPS,

Cartersville, August 15, 1864.

Colonel DEAN:

SIR: If there is a train of empty cars at Kingston, send it to Rome at once. Write to commanding officer to send, by direction of General Sherman, two of his best infantry regiments with 100 rounds ammunition per man. A train guard of fifty man should be sent with it. Hold your command in readiness to move on receipt of orders.

JNO. E. SMITH,

Brigadier- General.

HDQRS. THIRD DIVISION FIFTEENTH ARMY CORPS,

Cartersville, Ga., August 15, 1864.

Brigadier- General VANDEVER,

Commanding at Rome, Ga.:

SIR: By direction of Major- General Sherman you will send at once to Kingston, Ga., two of the best and largest regiments of infantry of your command. They will be supplied before starting with 100 rounds ammunition per man and three days' rations.

I am, general, very respectfully, your obedient servant,

JNO. E. SMITH,

Brigadier- General.

HDQRS. THIRD DIVISION, FIFTEENTH ARMY CORPS,

Cartersville, Ga., August 15, 1864.

Brigadier- General VANDEVER,

Commanding at Rome, Ga.:

GENERAL: You will have in readiness two of your strongest regiments with 100 rounds ammunition and three days' rations to embark on the cars upon their arrival, by direction of Major- General Sherman.

Very respectfully, your obedient servant,

JNO. E. SMITH,

Brigadier- General.

HDQRS. MILITARY DIVISION OF THE MISSISSIPPI,

In the Field, near Atlanta, August 15, 1864.

General McARTHUR, Marietta:

Wheeler has gone north as far as Dalton, and nothing will threaten you. There are two trains of cars at Marietta. Load them with troops and hold subject to the order of General John E. Smith at Cartersville, who will try to prevent Wheeler getting back with prisoners or plunder.

W. T. SHERMAN,

Major- General, Commanding.

HDQRS. MILITARY DIVISION OF THE MISSISSIPPI

In the Field, near Atlanta, August 15, 1864.

General McARTHUR:

Make up two trains of cars loaded with infantry, and send up to General John E. Smith, at Cartersville.

W. T. SHERMAN,

Major- General, Commanding.