War of the Rebellion: Serial 076 Page 0644 THE ATLANTA CAMPAIGN. Chapter L.

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RESACA, August 23, 1864.

Major-General SHERMAN:

I have 410 muskets besides 100 cavalry. I can take the cavalry and, say, 200 infantry, and move out within an hour and see what can be done for the fellows near Holly Creek.

G. B. RAUM,

Colonel, Commanding Brigade.

RESACA, August 23, 1864-5.45 p.m .

Captain L. M. DAYTON,

Aide-de-Camp;

Colonel Raum has just started for Holly Spring Creek with 50 cavalry and 200 infantry.

WM. W. McCAMMON,

Acting Assistant Adjutant-General.

HDQRS. MILITARY DIVISION OF THE MISSISSIPPI, In the Field, near Atlanta, August 23,m 1864-6.30 p. m.

Colonel RAUM,

Resaca;

Your force is too small to venture. Make sure of Resaca and wait General Steedman's action.

W. T. SHERMAN,

Major-General, Commanding.

RESACA, August 23, 1864-9 p .m.

Captain L. M. DAYTON,

Aide-de-Camp;

The general's dispatch of 7.20 [6.30] p.m. overtook me on the way to Holly Creek. I think Resaca would have been safe. I have just returned. I will try to have 500 of the dismounted cavalry at Calhoun brought to this place so I can take the offensive, if necessary. The force near Holly Creek, whatever it may be, has made no offensive movements to-day.

G. B. RAUM,

Colonel, Commanding Brigade.

HDQRS. MILITARY DIVISION OF THE MISSISSIPPI, In the Field, near Atlanta, August 23, 1864-11.30 p.m .

COMMANDING OFFICER,

Resaca:

That bridge at Resaca must not be risked, but 300 men in the two redoubts can defend themselves and the bridge against all Wheeler's cavalry.

W. T. SHERMAN,

Major-General, Commanding.