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HEADQUARTERS DEPARTMENT OF THE TENNESSEE,

August 24, 1864.

Major-General SHERMAN:

A fire seems to be raging in Atlanta, direction 10 degrees south of east from my tree. Can see heated air rising in dense column; seems to be spreading; town is filled with smoke. I have directed my heavy guns to fire on the town.

O. O. HOWARD,

Major-General.

HOWARD'S HEADQUARTERS,

August 24, 1864.

Major-General SHERMAN:

3.30 p. m. - Fire reported spreading in Atlanta. 4 p. m. - It broke out in rear of large block. Eighteen box and one passenger cars arrived, empty.

O. O. HOWARD,

Major-General.

HOWARD'S HEADQUARTERS,

August 24, 1864.

General SHERMAN:

Signal report 6 p. m. says: A train of eight freight-cars, loaded with boxes, bundles of goods, and other articles, just left Atlanta; about forty men on the train. The fire is still burning and spreading.

O. O. HOWARD,

Major-General.

HEADQUARTERS ARMY OF THE CUMBERLAND,

August 24, 1864.

Major-General HOWARD:

The road past Utoy Creek will not be used by me after Friday morning. I will park my trains as far to the right rear of the Fourteenth Army Corps as it will be safe.

GEO. H. THOMAS,

Major-General, U. S. Volunteers, Commanding.

HOWARD'S HEADQUARTERS,

August 24, 1864.

Major-General THOMAS:

I meant Utoy Place, not creek. I wish to know if I can march a column via Utoy or Kennedy's house without interfering with you or Schofield, and I wish to park my trains a little nearer the Chattahoochee than yourself.

O. O. HOWARD,

Major-General.