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bridge, and the last that crosses at each bridge have orders to burn the bridge over which it crosses. Please communicate with the infantry commander at each bridge and have no confusion in the arrangements.

Respectfully,

W. W. MACKALL,

Chief of Staff.

HEADQUARTERS,

July 18, 1864-9.30 p. m.

Major-General WHEELER:

GENERAL: General Mackall requests you to communicate with the infantry, and learn from them where their right rests to-night.

Respectfully, &c.,

T. B. MACKALL,

Aide-de-Camp.

HEADQUARTERS HARDEE'S CORPS,

July 18, 1864-12.05.

General CLEBURNE:

Put your division in motion at once on the road indicated to your division inspector. Move to woods.

By command of Lieutenant-General Hardee:

T. B. ROY,

Assistant Adjutant-General.

HEADQUARTERS HARDEE'S CORPS,

July 18, 1864.

Major-General CLEBURNE,

Commanding Division:

GENERAL: General Hardee says commence fortifying as soon as you get on your line in the morning.

Very respectfully,

T. B. ROY,

Assistant Adjutant-General.

HEADQUARTERS STEVENS' BRIGADE,

In the Field, July 18, 1864.

General J. E. JOHNSTON, C. S. Army:

GENERAL: Your order turning over the command of this army to General Hood has been read to the troops of this brigade. The announcement that you are no longer to be our leader was received by officers and men in silence and deep sorrow. I have the fullest assurance that I express the undivided sentiment of this brigade when I say that the abiding and unlimited confidence which we have left in the wisdom of your judgment and leadership, has sustained us in the many trying hours of our very arduous campaign. We have ever left that the best was being done that could be, and have looked confidently forward to the day of triumph, when with you as our leader we should surely march to a glorious victory. This confidence and implicit trust