War of the Rebellion: Serial 076 Page 0972 THE ATLANTA CAMPAIGN. Chapter L.

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whatever troops you can spare for the occasion to defeat it. I desire you also to assist me against any movement toward Augusta. The enemy has shown some signs of undertaking another raid. I sent this least the lines should be cut at any time.

J. B. HOOD,

General.

ATLANTA, August 17, 1864.

Brigadier General JOHN H. WINDER,

Andersonville:

General Hood desires to know how the fortifications for the safety of the prisoners are progressing. Do you feel secure, and can the 500 militia there be spared?

[F. A. SHOUP,

Chief of Staff.]

ATLANTA, August 18, 1864.

Honorable J. A. SEDDON:

Exaggerated statements of the losses of this army since I assumed command having been in reports of Federal commanders, I send the following statement: The effective strength of the army when I assumed command was, of all arms, 49,012; effective strength by last report, 43,091; decrease, 5,921. Re-enforcements proper since I assumed command have been sent back.

J. B. HOOD,

General.

ATLANTA, August 18, 1864-10.10 p. m.

General B. BRAGG,

Richmond, Va.:

Gholson's brigade, which ought to be 1,200 or 1,500 strong, has less than 300 men. I desire the remainder with the horses of the command ordered here.

[J. B. HOOD,

General.]

HEADQUARTERS HARDEE'S CORPS,

August 18, 1864-12.30 [a. m.].

[General CLEBURNE:]

GENERAL: In consequence of a movement of the enemy on our right, General Hood directs that Scott's brigade be put under arms at daylight in the morning, and held in readiness to move to-morrow. General Hardee suggests that you put yourself in communication with the telegraph office at East Pont. We have a courier there who can be used.

General Hood has been requested to communicate direct with you.

Respectfully, yours,

T. B. ROY,

Assistant Adjutant-General.