KENESAW MOUNTAIN, October 5, 1864.
Tell Allatoona hold on. General Sherman says he is working hard for you.
[OCTOBER 5, 1864. -For correspondence between S. G. French and John M. Corse, in reference to the surrender of Allatoona, Ga., see Pat I, p. 763.]
HDQRS. FOURTH DIVISION, FIFTEENTH ARMY CORPS,
Rome, Ga., October 5, 1864.
Commanding Pioneer Corps, Fourth Div., Fifteenth Army Corps:
Strain every nerve to have the bridge completed at the earliest moment possible. It is possible that the safety of the cavalry on the other side depends upon the completion of the bridge, with will enable you to see the importance of the work under your charge.
By order of Brigadier General John M. Corse:
LOUIS H. EVERTS,
Captain and Assistant Adjutant-General.
CARTERSVILLE, October 5, 1864.
General John E. SMITH:
We have won a great victory at Allatoona to-day. I am just from there. General Corse slightly wounded in cheek; Colonel Tourtellotte slightly in left thigh; Major Fisher also wounded. Our loss about 100 killed and 200 wounded. The enemy suffered very severely, and have retreated toward Dallas. The rebel surgeons have surrendered their hospitals. Lieutenant Amsden loses a leg, broken below knee. General Sherman has been fighting to-day.
G. B. RAUM.
CHATTANOOGA, October 5, 1864-11. 30 a. m.
Brigadier General J. D. WEBSTER:
Allatoona was attacked this morning by infantry, said to be in force. I leave with 1,000 men; shall try to get three, although about 100 feet of the bridge at Resaca was carried away by high water. Major-General Sherman signaled the force at Allatoona to hold on; he was coming to their rescue.
JOHN E. SMITH,
CHATTANOOGA, October 5, 1864-8. 30 p. m.
Chief of Staff, Nashville:
Captain Budlong, assistant adjutant-general, telegraphs from Cartersville that the fight at Allatoona to-day has been severe and that our losses are quite heavy; General Corse and Colonel Tourtellotte wounded; also expects a renewal of the fight in the morning; reports heavy firing
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