HDQRS. DEPT. AND ARMY OF THE TENN., Numbers 223.
East Point, Ga., October 1, 1864.
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VII. Brigadier General T. E. G. Ransom, commanding Seventeenth Army Corps, will, with two DIVISIONS of this command, immediately move down the Newnan road to or below Fairburn, driving any of the enemy's cavalry he may find, but not engaging infantry. The command will be in light marching order and provided with three days' rations. Having accomplished the object of this reconnaissance he will return and take up his old position.
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XIII. Major General P. J. Osterhaus, commanding Fifteenth Army Corps, will cover the front with his troops, made vacant by the movement of General Fuller's DIVISION.
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By order of Major General O. O. Howard:
WM. T. CLARK,
ATLANTA, October 1, 1864.
General J. E. SMITH,
It is reported that Hood has crossed his army over the Chattahoochee to the west, and may attempt to make a lodgment on our road. If you see signs of this I want you to hold securely the Allatoona Pass and Etowah bridge, and I will move against him with my whole force the moment I know that he will attempt it. As long as our road is endangered by cavalry only no change need be made.
W. T. SHERMAN,
CHATTANOOGA, October 1, 1864.
(Received 10 p. m.)
Acting Assistant Adjutant-General:
Has Colonel Raum assumed command yet? Report often. Send scouts out below Stilsborough.
JNO E. SMITH,
HDQRS. MILITARY DIVISION OF THE MISSISSIPPI,
In the Field, Atlanta, Ga., October 1, 1864.
General Hood has evidently crossed a part, if not the whole, of his army across to the WEST bank of the Chattahoochee, below Sweet Water. His soldiers think he is going for Blue Mountain. I think not. He may attempt to get on our road this side of Allatoona or near Cassville. If at the latter, hold fast. If you hear of him this side of Allatoona, leave a small force to guard the bridge across Oostenaula and join your forces to General John E. Smith's and act against Hood from Allatoona. I will employ him from this quarter. He cannot tarry long, and will expose