War of the Rebellion: Serial 076 Page 1030 THE ATLANTA CAMPAIGN. Chapter L.

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HEADQUARTERS HUMES' DIVISION,

September 7, 1864.

Major-General WHEELER,

Commanding Cavalry:

GENERAL: Colonel Russell, who is in front on the road we came in on, reports that a scout he sent out only saw three or four of the enemy. A lady told the scout that about fifty Federals advanced on that road, and that they had gone back about an hour ago.

Respectfully,

W. Y. C. HUMES,

Brigadier-General.

2.20 P. M.

Nothing further has been heard from the enemy on the Athens road.

W. Y. C. HUMES.

WAR DEPARTMENT, C. S. A.,

Richmond, Va., September 7, 1864.

Governor M. L. BONHAM,

Columbia, S. C.:

Movement by Sherman toward your State not anticipated. Should it occur, General Hood's army, still intact, will operate to prevent and defend. General Jones' needs do not allow withdrawal of reserves from Charleston. Instead, as many prisoners have to be temporarily sent to that city, more of the reserves are needed as indispensable guards.

J. A. SEDDON,

Secretary of War.

LOVEJOY'S STATION, GA., September 8, 1864--2.30 p. m.

General BRAXTON BRAGG:

I suggest that all the reserves of Georgia, under General Cobb, be ordered to this army and the prisoners removed; that Lieutenant-General Taylor be ordered to relieve General Hardee, bringing with him all the troops he can.

J. B. HOOD,

General.

LOVEJOY'S STATION, GA., September 8, 1864--2.30 p. m.

Major General F. GARDNER,

Mobile, Ala.:

I send the following dispatch to Lieutenant-General Taylor; if not there please answer. "Have any your troops crossed the river as yet? If not, when will they be over?"

[J. B. HOOD,

General.]