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torn up and very small force at work. I will send 250 men with material, which is being loaded, and will hasten repairs. I think the road will be all right by 10 o'clock this p. m. The telegraph should be repaired by noon. General Steedman moves at 6 a. m., with 1,800 men and three pieces of artillery. General Smith has already gone. They aim to strike the enemy at Spring Place. Our loss at Dalton was 10 killed and 55 wounded. The enemy lost 200 killed and wounded. We captured 2 surgeons and 40 wounded. So says General Steedman.

G. B. RAUM,

Colonel, Commanding Brigade.

HDQRS. MILITARY DIVISION OF THE MISSISSIPPI,

In the Field, near Atlanta, August 17, 1864.

Colonel RAUM,

Resaca:

Your report of this morning is received, and is very satisfactory. I have no doubt about the result of the move against Spring Place. Martin will quit. I want you to caution all posts below you toward Kingston to be wide awake. All well here.

W. T. SHERMAN,

Major-General, Commanding.

RESACA, August 17, 1864-11 a. m.

Major-General SHERMAN:

As small items are sometimes important, I give you the following: A squad of Seventh Kentucky Cavalry arrived at Calhoun this morning, and report having bone within four miles of Fairmount. They heard that rebels, with captured cattle, were in town. They also heard of four rebel couriers, who crossed at Field's Mill this morning, inquiring the way to Spring Place.

GREEN B. RAUM,

Colonel, Commanding Brigade.

HDQRS. MILITARY DIVISION OF THE MISSISSIPPI,

In the Field, near Atlanta, August 17, 1864.

Colonel RAUM,

Resaca:

I am making certain preparations, and want you to give me the most minute facts, that I may draw conclusions. I got your dispatch about the cattle being reported still at Fairmount and the scouts crossing at Field's Mill. I want to hear the earliest possible news from General Steedman and John E. Smith.

W. T. SHERMAN,

Major-General, Commanding.

RESACA, August 17, 1864-2.30 p. m.

General SHERMAN:

I am just from Tilton. Your dispatch of 1.45 p. m. received. A dispatch written at Tilton is my answer, as follows:

The Seventeenth Iowa prisoners, of whose capture I advised you, were paroled by Wheeler eight miles beyond and northeast of Spring