War of the Rebellion: Serial 076 Page 0606 THE ATLANTA CAMPAIGN. Chapter L.

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HDQRS. SECOND DIVISION, FIFTEENTH ARMY CORPS, Before Atlanta, Ga., August 19, 1864.

Lieutenant Colonel R. R. TOWNES,

Assistant Adjutant-General, Fifteenth Army Corps:

I have the honor to report that at 12 m. to-day orders were received to make a demonstration along the line of the division, which was at once obeyed by sending forward two regiments displaying troops, firing with artillery and infantry. The enemy at once replied all along the line with some infantry, and from three position in my immediately front with the artillery, probably not more than a section, at each place. This was in addition to firing with artillery from the two positions fired from last evening. Excepting a brisk and ineffective fire for about ten minutes along the picket-line last night nothing else of importance has transpired in the front of this line for the last twenty-four hours.

I am, respectfully, your obedient servant,

W. B. HAZEN,

Brigadier-General of Volunteers.

HEADQUARTERS DEPARTMENT OF THE TENNESSEE, Before Atlanta, Ga., August 19, 1864.

Major General F. P. BLAIR,

Commanding Seventeenth Army Corps:

In visiting the lines yesterday I observed that opposite the left of General Leggrett the rebels, as skirmishers, occupy a continuous line of rifle-pits. If your engineer can put up a work for a couple of guns, temporarily, I think you can drive them out. Please investigate the matter and report to me the result.

Very respectfully,

O. O. HOWARD,

Major-General.

HDQRS. MILITARY DIVISION OF THE MISSISSIPPI, In the Field, near Atlanta, August 19, 1864-2 p. m.

General STEEDMAN,

Chattanooga:

Where did Wheeler cross the Hiwassee? Did the commanding officers at Loudon and Knoxville have notice of his coming? Keep me well advised of his movements; also Generals Rousseau and Burbridge. Lookout for his return. I want him headed off if he attempts to come back.

W. T. SHERMAN,

Major-General, Commanding.

CHATTANOOGA, August 19, 1864.

Captain L. M. DAYTON,

Aide-de-Camp:

Wheeler is reported to have crossed the Hiwassee at Columbus. Loudon had notice of his coming. I keep men scouting south and east of Cleveland.

JAMES B. STEEDMAN,

Major-General.