Atlanta and to leave the dismounted cavalry to guard this ford. If I am not permitted to move to said place, I sincerely hope and earnestly request some of my command may be sent there to take charge of said town.
Yours, with sincere esteem,
W. T. WARD,
HEADQUARTERS TWENTIETH CORPS,
Chattahoochee Bridge, September 2, 1864.
Commanding Cavalry at Sandtown:
COLONEL: The major-general commanding directs me to inform you that our large reconnoitering parties sent out this morning report that Atlanta is evacuated and that our people are now in there. He directs once. The general is just leaving for that point.
I am, colonel, very respectfully, your obedient servant,
H. W. PERKINS,
Lieutenant-Colonel and Assistant Adjutant-General.
HDQRS. CHIEF OF CAVALRY, DEPT. OF THE CUMBERLAND,
Near Jonesborough, Ga., September 2, 1864.
Brigadier General K. GARRARD
Commanding Second Division Cavalry:
The Army of the Cumberland marches in the direction of Griffin with the Army of the Tennessee on the right and that of the Ohio on the left. General Thomas directs that you cover the trains of the Army of the Cumberland, giving information of any attempt on the part of the enemy to attack them or our rear. General Schofield's cavalry will probably cover the rear of his army. If so, keep up communication with it. No reports received from you for August 31, and September 1. Please acknowledge receipt of this order.
I am, general, very respectfully, your obedient servant,
W. L. ELLIOTT,
Brigadier-General, and Chief of Cavalry
HEADQUARTERS SECOND CAVALRY DIVISION.
September 2, 1864.
Brigadier General W. D. WHIPPLE,
Chief of Staff, Department of the Cumberland:
GENERAL: I have the honor to report my camp on the Jonesborough road, about four miles from Rough and Ready, acting with the Twenty-third Corps and covering the rear. Yesterday from Rough and Ready I sent parties out to the north and est, but gained no reliable information.
Very respectfully, your obedient servant,
Brigadier-General, Commanding Division.
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