War of the Rebellion: Serial 076 Page 0570 THE ATLANTA CAMPAIGN. Chapter L.

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General Kilpatrick time to make a good break in that road, so vital to Hood. We all feel confident we can succeed, and for that reason I do not regret that Wheeler has gone up to East Tennessee. I think we have force enough at Knoxville, the Gap, and Kingston to hold vital points until necessity will force Wheeler to come back; but I will leave him to be attended to by those in my rear.

W. T. SHERMAN,

Major-General, Commanding.

AUGUST 18, 1864-4 a. m.

General THOMAS:

The shelling of our lines is to withdraw our attention from some other point. Send word to Stanley and Garrard, to the bridge and Marietta, to be on their guard.

W. T. SHERMAN,

Major-General.

THOMAS' HEADQUARTERS,

August 18, 1864.

Major-General SHERMAN:

Your dispatch of this morning relative to the defense of Vining's and bridge-head has been received, and will be attended to immediately.

GEO. H. THOMAS,

Major-General.

SHERMAN'S HEADQUARTERS,

August 18, 1864.

General THOMAS:

Also have Stanley watch well the left, and see if he can report anything.

W. T. SHERMAN,

Major-General.

THOMAS' HEADQUARTERS,

August 18, 1864.

Major-General SHERMAN:

Your dispatches of this morning have been received, and the orders given.

GEO. H. THOMAS,

Major-General.

THOMAS' HEADQUARTERS,

August 18, 1864.

Major-General SHERMAN:

Major Edie, commanding Second Brigade, First Division, Fourteenth Army Corps, reports 10 o'clock last night enemy been moving to our left three hours. The instructions for General Kilpatrick sent me in note have been forwarded to him.

GEO. H. THOMAS,

Major-General.