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ing. We were so unfortunate as to lose one of the best officers in the corps, killed, Captain Rains, Ninetieth Ohio Infantry Volunteers. But few other casualties.

Your obedient servant,

D. S. STANLEY,

Major-General, Commanding.

STANLEY'S HEADQUARTERS,

August 19, 1864-1 p. m.

Brigadier General W. D. WHIPPLE,

Chief of Staff:

I have tested every part of the enemy's line this morning, and do not think I can take it with the troops at my disposal. I will engage the enemy to the best of my ability this evening.

D. S. STANLEY,

Major-General.

STANLEY'S HEADQUARTERS,

August 19, 1864.

General SHERMAN:

I saw no indications of a fire at 3 p. m., but about 5 o'clock saw a considerable column of smoke in south part of city. Signal officers report seeing column of smoke about ten miles south of Atlanta during the afternoon.

D. S. STANLEY,

Major-General.

HEADQUARTERS FOURTH ARMY CORPS,

Near Atlanta, Ga., August 19, 1864-1.25 p. m.

General KIMBALL:

GENERAL: A telegram, of which the following is a copy, has just been received by the major-general commanding:

SHERMAN'S HEADQUARTERS,

August 19, 1864.

General THOMAS:

General Howard's signal officer reports cars loaded with soldiers sent down the railroad. Of course Hood will try to defend that road at all cost, and we should take advantage of detachments made for that purpose. Better let all your line fell forward as far as prudent, and if a safe place be found make a lodgment.

W. T. SHERMAN,

Major-General.

In accordance with the above you will re-enforce your picket-line and make such other disposition of your troops as may be necessary, "and feel forward as far as prudent" at 5 o'clock this p. m., "and if a safe place be found make a lodgment."

By order of Major-General Stanley:

J. S. FULLERTON,

Assistant Adjutant-General and Chief of Staff.

(Same to Generals Newton and Wood.)