CARTERSVILLE, August 17, 1864.
Major General W. T. SHERMAN:
McCook's cavalry has returned, and a report of their operations has been sent to the front. The wire was not cut, but worked very hard during early part of the night. I don't think the enemy will attack this place just now. The six rebel regiment reported six miles below here yesterday were not there. Eighty or 100 guerrillas gave rise to the report. I have cavalry patrols well out.
JESSE. I. ALEXANDER,
CHATTANOOGA, August 17, 1864.
I have driven Wheeler's forces all off our main line, except a few small squads he has left to annoy us, and will have trains running to the front to-night. He has gone in the direction of Knoxville with his whole force, except one regiment, which camped near Red Clay last night. He destroyed in all about two miles of track, burned two water-tanks and two small bridges near Dalton, and captured about 150 of our men. My loss, killed and wounded, including 17 Laiboldt lost, is about 50. We killed and wounded fully 200 of the enemy. Will report by courier. He skirmished a little at Cleveland, but did no damage.
Very respectfully, &c.,
JAMES B. STEEDMAN,
GRAYSVILLE, August 17, 1864.
Major S. B. MOE,
I just arrived at this point and find a quarter of a mile of track torn; will reach Chattanooga to-night, if possible; have been repairing road all day. Wheeler has gone to East Tennessee with his whole force, except one regiment left to cut the road.
JAMES B. STEEDMAN,
CLEVELAND, August 17, 1864.
The advance of 5,000 rebels is reported within six miles of this place, on the Dalton road; 200 encamped at Ooltewah last night. Please send me re-enforcements.
H. G. GIBSON,
Colonel Second Ohio Heavy Artillery.
HDQRS. SECOND Brigadier, FOURTH DIV., 23rd ARMY CORPS,
Knoxville, Tenn., August 17, 1864.
COMMANDING OFFICERS AT MARYVILLE AND SEVIERVILLE:
SIRS: It is reported that a large force of the enemy crossed the Hiwassee at Columbus yesterday evening and are now moving up the