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NEAR KENESAW, October 4, 1864.

Major-General SHERMAN:

Enemy moving in considerable force to our right. Elliot is between Big Shanty and Kenesaw, on my left. I am skirmishing with enemy now. Have not heard from Elliot direct.

WM. VANDEVER,

Brigadier-General.

NEAR KENESAW, October 4, 1864.

Major-General SHERMAN:

Stanley at Marietta. The enemy in strong in my front all the morning. This p. m. he moved off to Allatoona. General Elliot reports him in too strong for dismounted cavalry. Prisoners say the force in my front was French's DIVISION. From top of Kenesaw heavy bodies of infantry, artillery, and cavalry could be seen going north. The movement to my right was a freint. My headquarters at foot of Kenesaw, a part of the command occupying ridge north.

WM. VANDEVER,

Brigadier-General.

HDQRS. MILITARY DIVISION OF THE MISSISSIPPI,

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

General VANDEVER:

Send a messenger to General Elliot and tell him I want to know where General Kilpatrick is and how his cavalry is disposed. He should not attempt to attack lines, but should strike in between Dallas and Allatoona, by Lost Mountain.

W. T. SHERMAN,

Major-General.

NEAR KENESAW, October 4, 1864-8 p. m.

General SHERMAN:

Dispatch received. Have sent staff officer to Kenesaw, and forwarded your message to General Elliot by courier.

WM. VANDEVER,

Brigadier-General.

NEAR KENESAW, October 4, 1864.

General SHERMAN:

General Elliot has all his force near WEST base of mountain. Generals Kilpatrick and Garrard are both him, s o couriers report.

WM. VANDEVERA,

Brigadier-General.

KENESAW MOUNTAIN, October 4, 1864,

General SHERMAN:

General Elliot has all his force near WEST base of mountain. Generals Kilpatrick and Garrard are both with him, so couriers report.

WM. VANDEVER,

Brigadier-General.

KENESAW MOUNTAIN, October 4, 1864-9. 30 a. m.

SIGNAL OFFICER:

What do you observe this a. m.? Have you learned anything from Big Shanty?

VANDEVER,

General.