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SPECIAL ORDERS,

HDQRS. FOURTEENTH ARMY CORPS, Numbers 8. In the Field, October 4, 1864.

The troops of this command will move to-day in the following order: General Carlin will move his DIVISION immediately on the receiption of this order upon the direct road toward Nickajack.

General Baird will move his DIVISION upon the same road, follwing General Carlin, and leaving one strong regiment to guard the trains of the corps.

The ammunition, ambulance, and headquarters train will following immediately in the rear of their respective DIVISION.

All other trains will follow the column in the order in which their respective DIVISION have moved.

General Carlin being in the advance will see that the roads are in condition for the passage of the troops and trains.

By order of Bvt. Major General J. C. Davis:

A. C. McCLURG,

Assistant Adjutant-General and Chief of Staff.

HDQRS. MILITARY DIVISION OF THE MISSISSIPPI,

In the Field, Smyrna Camp-Ground, October 4, 1864.

General SLOCUM,

Atlanta:

I have reason to believe Wheeler is on our road above Resaca. Hood's main army is between me and Allatoona. I shall attack the latter in force, but advise you to work night and day in perfecting those intrenhents and in economizing provision, but if I live you may count upon my coming to your rescure. The point of greatest danger is the bridge, therefore look to it. Please answer.

W. T. SHERMAN,

Major-General, Commanding.

HEADQAURTERS TWENTIETH CORPS,

Atlanta, Ga., October 4, 1864.

Major General W. T. SHERMAN,

Smyrna Camp:

We are hand at work, and I think you need have no anxiety about us. The bridge is perfectly safe.

H. W. SLOCUM,

Major-General.

OCTOBER 4, 1864.

(Received Sherman's headquartres 12 midnight.)

General Slocum informs General Sherman that no enemy has been seen save small parties at five miles's distance, and that his intrenchments are nearly completed and ready for use at any time.

HENRY AYERS,

Signal Officer.