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,
ATLANTA, August 17, 1864.
Brigadier General JOHN H. WINDER,
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,
ATLANTA, August 18, 1864-10.10 p. m.
General B. BRAGG,
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,
HEADQUARTERS HARDEE'S CORPS,
August 18, 1864-12.30 [a. m.].
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.
T. B. ROY,