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is a large force you will be supported by at least a division of infantry (Walthall's). In taking your troops to oppose it, leave the necessary parties in observation on the river with artillery.

Very respectfully, &c.,

T. B. MACKALL,

Aide-de-Camp.

CONFIDENTIAL.] JULY 9, 1864.

General WHEELER:

General Johnston informs you that the army will be withdrawn to the south side of the river to-night, the movement commencing at dark. It will be formed about three miles south of the river.

Respectfully,

W. W. MACKALL,

Chief of Staff.

JULY 9, 1864-7.15 p. m.

Major-General WHEELER:

GENERAL: General Johnston informs you that he will continue to hold the river by infantry from Green's Ferry to Howell's Ferry-that is, by detached brigades in advance of the line. He wishes you to connect with this line of detached brigades on your left, and then to observe as high up the river as practicable, particularly in front of any force that has crossed or may cross. Keep the reserve artillery if you need it; if not, send it back to the main line.

W. W. MACKALL,

Chief of Staff.

HDQRS. ROSS' BRIGADE, JACKSON'S CAVALRY DIVISION,

Howell's Ferry, Ga., July 9, 1864-6.30 a. m.

Brigadier-General JACKSON,

Commanding Division:

GENERAL: The only perceptible change in the enemy's line in my front since yesterday is that their battery on the hill is now intrenched, and their skirmishers advanced to the river-bank, from whence they are shooting this morning.

I am, general, very respectfully, &c.,

L. S. ROSS,

Brigadier-General, &c.

Memoranda.

CONFIDENTIAL.] HEADQUARTERS HARDEE'S CORPS,

July 9, 1864.

The corps will move across the Chattahoochee to-night, and, wherever precedence is necessary, in the following succession: Cheatham, Bate, Walker, Cleburne.

First. The artillery will be withdrawn across the river at dusk.

Second. The infantry will be withdrawn from the intrenchments at 10 p. m.

Third. The skirmishers will be withdrawn at 1 a. m.