HEADQUARTERS FOURTEENTH ARMY CORPS,
Near Atlanta, Ga., August 19, 1864.
[General W. D. WHIPPLE:]
GENERAL: Last night I received orders to withdraw from the Fourteenth Corps all excepting three brigades, and move to the right of the Twenty-third Corps. This was accomplished by 5 o'clock this morning. This force was to support a movement to be made by a part of the Twenty-third Corps. Nothing was accomplished during the day, and the troops returned to their positions after dark this evening. Nothing of interest occurred on the line during the day. I inclose casualty report of yesterday.*
Respectfully, your obedient servant,
R. W. JOHNSON,
Brigadier-General of Volunteers, Commanding.
At General Geary's Headquarters, August 19, 1864-6.35 p. m.
Commanding Twentieth Army Corps:
GENERAL: I have the honor to report that the enemy's troops in works on right of four-gun fort moved up as reported yesterday and occupied trenches. A squad of twelve marched to rear into ravine; all had knapsacks and arms. The six-gun fort in front General Geary was struck frequently during day be shells from heavy gun on left, one causing something like an explosion of a caisson. This same report, general, has been sent by the chief signal officer to General Thomas.
Very respectfully, your obedient servant,
W. W. HOPKINS,
Captain and Acting Signal Officer.
HDQRS. MILITARY DIVISION OF THE MISSISSIPPI,
In the Field, near Atlanta, August 19, 1864-8.30 a. m.
Wheeler has passed to my rear with 6,000 men, and was yesterday in East Tennessee. You must attend to him if he approaches your district.
W. T. SHERMAN,
HEADQUARTERS DEFENSES NASHVILLE AND CHATTANOOGA RAILROAD,
Tullahoma, Tenn., August 19, 1864.
Fifth Tennessee Volunteer Cavalry:
CAPTAIN: From information received from General Sherman I learn that the rebel General Wheeler is getting into East Tennessee with 6,000 men, and may strike at this railroad. If he should attempt to do so you