HEADQUARTERS FIFTEENTH ARMY CORPS,
Near Lovejoy's, September 2, 1864
GENERAL: The major-general commanding directs that you construct a strong line of works in your front to-night and make good roads and bridges in rear of every second regiment in line, that ammunition may be easily transported to the front.
By order of Major General John A. Logan:
R. R. TOWNES,
HEADQUARTERS LEFT WING, SIXTEENTH ARMY CORPS,
Jonesborough, Ga., September 2, 1864.
Lieutenant Colonel WILLIAM T. CLARK,
My pickets advanced to the town and found no enemy. I have ordered two regiments into the town. My pickets are now south of it and still advancing.
Very respectfully, your obedient servant,
T. E. G. RANSON,
HDQRS. MILITARY DIVISION OF THE MISSISSIPPI,
In the Field, September 2, 1864-4 a.m.
I have your dispatch of 7.15 last evening, since which time you have a letter from me. I heard explosions and firing about Atlanta at 2 o'clock and at this moment I hear more seemingly nearer us, but due north; it must be Garrard, but what force he engages I don't know. Please ascertain whether Stewart's corps came into Jonesborough from the direction of Flat Rock, and let me know. If the firing at the north be not explained, prepare to meet any interruption of our operations from that quarter, and act without further orders if the occasion calls for it, otherwise I want you to attack Jonesborough from the east. Try and communicate with Garrard, and ascertain what the force to our rear is, and move to meet it. Our trains are at the Renfroe Place, out about four miles northwest of Jonesborough. I am near General Howard, at the Flint River, two miles northwest of Jonesborough. A road leads from here due east a little north, which I think passes by where you are.
W. T. SHERMAN,
HEADQUARTERS ARMY OF THE OHIO,
September 2, 1864-8 a.m.
Commanding Military Division of the Mississippi:
GENERAL: I have your dispatches of 8 last evening and 4 this morning. I have heard from Garrard this morning. The noise last night