HEADQUARTERS SECOND DIVISION, FIFTEENTH CORPS, Near Atlanta, Ga., August 20, 1864.
Lieutenant Colonel R. R. TOWNES,
I have the honor to report that the lines of this division have been very quiet for the past twenty-four hours, that excepting the firing about 10 p. m. last night and the wounding of General Lightburn, nothing has occurred in the division requiring notice.
I am, respectfully, your obedient servant,
W. B. HAZEN,
HOWARD'S HEADQUARTERS, August 20, 1864.
Twenty-five rebel cavalry were seen by my scouts near Judge Wilson's, prowling in your rear. If not closely watched they will pick up many of our men.
O. O. HOWARD,
HOWARD'S HEADQUARTERS, August 20, 1864-5 p. m.
The following just received from signal officer:
A train of fifteen freight cars just left Atlanta, loaded with troops inside and outside; tops of cars were crowded.
O. O. HOWARD,
CARTERSVILLE, August 20, 1864.
Having ascertained that there is a force of about 1,200 rebels five miles southwest of Stilesborough I placed 1,000 infantry and 400 cavalry under General McCook's orders. He moved out at 3 this a . m.
JNO. E. SMITH,
HDQRS. MILITARY DIVISION OF THE MISSISSIPPI, In the Field, near Atlanta, August 20, 1864-9.15 p. m.
General JOHN E. SMITH,
The force you describe as about Stilesborough is Clanton's, from the neighborhood of Talladega. General Vandever's cavalry is after it. Head it off and if possible capture it. It is a very indifferent force, that General Rousseau drove with great ease. It was doubtless ordered to co-operate with Wheeler and is behind time.
W. T. SHERMAN,