War of the Rebellion: Serial 076 Page 0940 THE ATLANTA CAMPAIGN. Chapter L.

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MACON, GA., August 1, 1864.

(Received 2d.)

General S. COOPER,

Adjutant and Inspector General:

General Stoneman, with a cavalry force estimated at 2,800, with artillery, was met two miles from this city by our forces, composed of Georgia reserves, citizens, local companies and the militia, which Governor Brown is organizing here. The enemy's assault was repulsed and his force held in check along our entire line all day. Retiring toward Clinton, he was attacked next morning by General Iverson, who, having routed the main body, captured General Stoneman and 500 prisoners. His men are still capturing stragglers.

HOWELL COBB,

Major-General.

SPECIAL FIELD ORDERS,

HDQRS. ARMY OF TENNESSEE, Numbers 64.

In the Field, August 1, 1864.

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II. In obedience to paragraph LIII, Special Orders, Numbers 170, Adjutant and Inspector General's Office, dated Richmond, July 20, 1864, Major General M. L. Smith is assigned as chief engineer to the Army of Tennessee. He will be obeyed and respected accordingly.

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By command of General Hood:

KINLOCH FALCONER,

Assistant Adjutant-General.

ATLANTA, GA., August 2, 1864.

His Excellency President DAVIS,

Richmond, Va.:

Since our late success over the enemy's cavalry I hope now to be able, by interrupting Sherman's communications, either to force him to fight me in position or to retreat. Please give me your advice freely at all times.

J. B. HOOD,

General.

ATLANTA, August 2, 1864.

General S. COOPER:

I suggest that pardon be offered all soldiers in the Trans-Mississippi Department if they will rejoin their commands on this side of the river. I am informed that many men can thus be had.

J. B. HOOD,

General.

AUGUST 2, 1864-10 p. m.

Lieutenant-General HARDEE:

The enemy is reported marching to our left in considerable force. Armstrong says he has large camps on Utoy Creek. General Smith is