War of the Rebellion: Serial 079 Page 0048 KY., SW. VA., TENN., MISS., ALA., AND N. GA. Chapter LI.

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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,

Major-General.

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:

THEO. COX,

Captain and Assistant Adjutant-General.

KNOXVILLE, October 3, 1864.

Major-General SCHOFIELD:

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.

DAVIS TILLSON,

Brigadier-General.

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.