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column is. When your reach the road make a big smoke, a house or barn at least, and if you see the tracks pointing south, make three large smokes, 300 or 400 yards apart, so I may know.

Yours, truly,

W. T. SHERMAN,

Major - General, Commanding.

OCTOBER 7, 1864.

Major - General SHERMAN:

I left the brigade on Dallas road at 11 a. m. It was at the intersection of the road to New Hope from Hardshell, with the road from Allatoona Church to New Hope, not far from Pickett's Mills, and about two miles from New Hope. Garrard's cavalry was passing them. There is no enemy found. The brigade will support the cavalry. The firing heard is farther south. I have two other regiments pushing on Rome road to its intersection with the direct road from Dallas to Allatoona.

COX,

Brigadier - General.

HEADQUARTERS ARMY OF THE OHIO,

October 7, 1864 - 5. 30 p. m.

Major - General SHERMAN:

The reconnaissance report no rebels north or New Hope Church, and the main body went south from there this morning. I send to you an Irishman whom they captured, and who gives intelligent account. They used both this road and the direct Dallas and Allatoona road. If my brigade stays at Allatoona I will send up its baggage in the morning, and at same time draw some rations there. It is no farther than Marietta, and better road. Shall I do so?

J. D. COX,

Brigadier - General.

HDQRS. MILITARY DIVISION OF THE MISSISSIPPI,

Kenesaw, October 7, 1864.

General COX:

Call in all your detachments, save the one at Allatoona, and be prepared for a march. When all reports are in, say about midnight, will send your orders.

W. T. SHERMAN,

Major - General, Commanding.

HDQRS. FIRST Brigadier, THIRD DIV., 23rd ARMY CORPS,

In the Field, October 7, 1864.

Lieutenant J. WALTER McCLYMONDS,

Acting Assistant Adjutant - General, THIRD DIVISION:

I have the honor to herewith forward you the report of the result of the reconnaissance made by me this day with two regiments of my command, the Ohe hundred and fourth Ohio and Twelfth Kentucky. I proceeded as far as Allatoona Church and halted and sent our detachments