DECATUR, October 3, 1864.
Major-General SHERMAN, Atlanta:
Your dispatch countermanding movement received. I am sending into Atlanta our incumbrances, &c., as we began doing this morning, and will keep ready for movement at shortest notice.
J. D. COX,
Brigadier-General, Commanding Army of the Ohio.
ATLANTA, October 3, 1864.
General COX, Decatur, Ga.:
You will move your command for the bridge and Ruff's Station at daybreak to-morrow. Leave Colonel Garrard's cavalry to guard and picket the roads north and east of Atlanta, reporting to General Slocum. Please answer.
W. T. SHERMAN,
SPECIAL FIELD ORDERS,
HDQRS. ARMY OF THE OHIO, Numbers 128.
Decatur, Ga., October 3, 1864.
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III. The Army of the Ohio will move at 1 p. m. this day for Chattahoochee bridge.
The THIRD DIVISION will be in advance. The baggage of each DIVISION will follow the DIVISION to which it belongs, a rear guard of one brigade of the Second DIVISION bringing up the extreme rear.
The cavalry will remain at Decatur until all quartermaster's property, hospital, extra baggage, &c., is removed to Atlanta, and will picket all roads east and northeast of Atlanta until further orders.
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By order of Brigadier General J. D. Cox:
Captain and Assistant Adjutant-General.
KNOXVILLE, October 3, 1864.
Lieutenant Brown, of my staff, left Bull's Gap early yesterday morning with dispatches for Generals Burbridge and Ammen. General Ammen is at or near Carter's Station; reports skirmishing and some cannonading near Rheatwon. It is rumored Brubridge has taken saltworks. Nothing definite.
CHARLESTON, TENN., October 3, 1864.
Colonel BASCOM, Assistant Adjutant-General:
Colonel Johnson sent a messenger to Cleveland this morning reporting that Wheeler was at Dalton and that he had demanded the surrender of the place. I return to Cleveland this afternoon.
H. G. GIBSON,
Colonel Second Ohio Heavy Artillery.