HEADQUARTERS HARDEE'S CORPS,
July 21, 1864-11 p. m.
By direction of Lieutenant-General Hardee, your division will move at 1 o'clock to-night on the road which will be indicated by the guide. Your skirmishers will be left on the line you occupied to-day.
T. B. ROY,
Your division follows Walker's.
T. B. ROY,
Your skirmishers [will] remain out until driven in.
By order of Lieutenant-General Hardee:
T. B. ROY.
HEADQUARTERS, July 21, 1864.
Brigadier-General WRIGHT, Commanding, Atlanta, Ga.:
GENERAL: I am directed to inform you that you must be prepared to-night for an evacuation of Atlanta, should it become necessary. You will, therefore, without saying anything about it, be prepared to move when Lieutenant-General Stewart's troops move into town, should the evacuation take place.
Most respectfully, your obedient servant,
A. P. MASON,
Major and Assistant Adjutant-General.
NEAR ATLANTA, July 22, 1864-10.30 p. m.
Honorable J. A. SEDDON, Richmond:
The army shifted its position last night, fronting Peach Tree Creek, and formed line of battle around the city with Stewart's and Cheatham's corps. General Hardee, with his corps, made a night march and attacked the enemy's extreme left at 1 o'clock to-day; drove him from his works, capturing 16 pieces of artillery and 5 stand of colors. Major-General Cheatham attacked the enemy at 4 p. m. with a portion of his command; drove the enemy, capturing 6 pieces of artillery. During the engagements we captured about 2,000 prisoners, but loss not fully ascertained. Major-General Walker killed; Brigadier-General Smith, Gist, and Mercer wounded. Our troops fought with great gallantry.
J. B. HOOD,
HEADQUARTERS CAVALRY CORPS, July 22, 1864.
Several more of my scouts have come in, all corroborating the report I sent you this morning that General Garrard had moved toward Covington with his division. Shall I pursue and break up Garrard, or shall I detach a force to follow him?
Very respectfully, your obedient servant,