War of the Rebellion: Serial 076 Page 0952 THE ATLANTA CAMPAIGN. Chapter L.

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ATLANTA, August 9, 1864.

General S. COOPER:

General Wight was ordered to the command of Macon by the direction of General Bragg.



AUGUST 9, 1864-2 p. m.

(Received 3.05 p. m.)


Lieutenant-General LEE, Commanding Corps:

In the next official dispatch the error spoken of by General Bate in his communication of the 8th instant will be corrected. The general regrets very mich that it occurred.


Chief of Staff.]


Phillips' House, August 9, 1864.

Major General P. R. CLEBURNE:

GENERAL: General Lee does not wish Govan's brigade to be returned to him, as it was his intention to have ordered it back to you. He thinks, however, it would be well to make the inquiry as to what orders General Govan acted under.

I am, general, very respectfully, your obedient servant,


Assistant Adjutant-General.

AUGUST 9, 1864-4.45 p. m.

General FERGUSON, Commanding, &c.:

Your note of 3.30 received. The general desires you to, take sufficient force and ascertain what the movement means. Leave a regiment on the right, and report your departure to the officer commanding the infantry. Keep us informed of your movements. Send certain information to General Wheeler of this movement. Say that we have some information which rather leads to the belief that the enemy has a cavalry force intended to pursue him or make another raid.


Chief of Staff.]

Above dispatch duplicated at 5.50 p. m., with instructions to leave General Morgan in command of cavalry on right.

AUGUST 9, 1864-8 p. m.

Brigadier-General FERGUSON, Commanding, &c.:

Your dispatch of 6.30 received. Please send to General Wheeler, Covington, any information you may have. It is important that his movements shall not be unnecessarily checked. Do not trust to one messenger.


Chief of Staff.]