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Looking to this, I shall at once proceed to strongly fortify Macon. Please do not fail to give me advice at all times. It is my desire to do the best for you and my country. May God be with you and us.

J. B. HOOD.

[SEPTEMBER 6, 1864.--For Hood to Bragg, relating to exchange of prisoners with Sherman, see Second Series.]

HEADQUARTERS LEE'S CORPS,

In the Field, September [6], 1864.

Major General H. D. CLAYTON,

Commanding Division:

GENERAL: The lieutenant-general commanding desires that you discontinue the work on your main line, but complete the picket-line. He wishes you to place a strong picket a mile and a half out on each road, leading to your position, with vedettes two miles farther out than your pickets. You can drop back a short distance into bivouac, but resume your position on the line should the enemy approach.

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

J. W. RATCHFORD,

Assistant Adjutant-General.

LOVEJOY'S STATION, GA., September 6, 1864--9.25 a. m.

Brigadier-General IVERSON:

(Care General Armstrong, Bear Creek Station.)

Move up with your command to some point between Fayetteville and the river, arranging your pickets on the right so as to connect with General Jackson on the left.

[J. B. HOOD,

General.]

LOVEJOY'S STATION, GA., September 6, 1864.

Major-General MAURY,

Mobile:

Have you any news from Taylor? When will he be over?

[F. A. SHOUP,

Chief of Staff.]

LOVEJOY'S STATION, GA., September 6, 1864.

Brigadier-General JACKSON,

Bear Creek Station:

The enemy has withdrawn from the immediate front. Please push up cavalry toward Flint River and ascertain what he is doing.

[J. B. HOOD,

General.]