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HDQRS. MILITARY DIVISION OF THE MISSISSIPPI,

In the Field, near Atlanta, August 18, 1864-7.45 p. m.

General SCHOFIELD:

Your dispatch is received. All right. The enemy's cavalry has made its appearance near Acworth, so I believe General Kilpatrick will find his road clear. I would not move far to-morrow, unless you detect the enemy moving also.

W. T. SHERMAN,

Major-General, Commanding.

HEADQUARTERS ARMY OF THE OHIO,

Near Atlanta, Ga., August 18, 1864.

Major-General HOWARD:

We have had considerable skirmishing and some artillery firing during the day. Nothing more serious. I have extended my line more than a mile toward the West Point railroad and fortified.

J. M. SCHOFIELD,

Major-General.

HEADQUARTERS ARMY OF THE OHIO,

In the Field, before Atlanta, Ga., August 18, 1864.

Brigadier-General JOHNSON,

Commanding Fourteenth Army Corps:

GENERAL: The major-general commanding has information that the enemy were moving toward our left during last night. He desires you to push out a line of skirmishers in your front immediately and ascertain, if possible, whether they occupy their position in force or not.

Very respectfully, your obedient servant,

WM. M. WHERRY,

Major and Aide-de-Camp.

HEADQUARTERS ARMY OF THE OHIO,

August 18, 1864.

Brigadier-General JOHNSON,

Commanding Fourteenth Army Corps:

GENERAL: The enemy appears to be contemplating some kind of a move to-day; General Sherman thinks probably to our rear, and directs that we be prepared to make a corresponding move at any moment. Our trains should be kept hitched and everything ready to move.

Very respectfully,

J. M. SCHOFIELD,

Major-General.

HEADQUARTERS ARMY OF THE OHIO,

Near Atlanta, Ga., August 18, 1864.

Brigadier-General KILPATRICK,

Commanding Cavalry Division, Army of the Cumberland:

GENERAL: General Sherman directs me by telegraph to inform you that everything is most favorable for your work, and he wishes you to