War of the Rebellion: Serial 076 Page 0589 Chapter L. CORRESPONDENCE, ETC.-UNION.

Search Civil War Official Records

lished rule that the enemy must hold and keep prisoners, for we always have the chances of rescue. I want those cattle recovered if possible, and any detachments of the enemy left behind Wheeler.

W. T. SHERMAN,

Major-General, Commanding.

RESACA, August 18, 1864-4 p. m.

General SHERMAN:

General J. E. Smith has just telegraphed me from Kingston; part of his command has gone south and part still here. Colonel Watkins says he has reliable information that three regiments of the enemy left Pine Log yesterday for Fairmount. The presence of the enemy at that place is reported by a citizen who passed there last evening.

G. B. RAUM,

Colonel, Commanding.

RESACA, August 18, 1864.

General SHERMAN:

The balance of General J. E. Smith's moving command has just gone south.

G. B. RAUM,

Colonel, Commanding.

CARTERSVILLE, August 18, 1864-4.30 p. m.

Major-General SHERMAN:

I left Resaca at 11 a. m. this day, having telegraphed to General Steedman upon my arrival from Spring place at 10.30 p. m. 17th instant, asking what disposition he wished made of the troops under my command. Not receiving any answer, I relieved the troops and sent them to their respective commands. I feel confident that I can hold Etowah and Allatoona, but the road is not sufficiently guarded above Kingston to Dalton. Since my arrival here Colonel Watkins telegraphed General McCook he had reliable information that three regiments had left Pine Log and were marching to Fairmount. It is reported that there is a force in the vicinity of Canton. Scouting party sent out yesterday afternoon to Canton have not reported.

JNO. E. SMITH,

Brigadier-General.

HDQRS. MILITARY DIVISION OF THE MISSISSIPPI,

In the Field, near Atlanta, August 18, 1864-5.30 p. m.

General JOHN E. SMITH:

Now that Wheeler has gone into East Tennessee and we are all right here, I think you had better make up an infantry force out of the Rome and Allatoona garrisons to go to Pine Log and Fairmount, and attack any force remaining in that neighborhood. To-night I will give employment to all the Confederate cavalry here, and General McCook has not enough to venture out alone; you could use troops that are fresh, and the moonlight nights are the very thing for marching.

W. T. SHERMAN,

Major-General, Commanding.