SIGNAL STATION, Acworth, October 9, 1864 - 4 p. m.
(Received 5 p. m.)
I wile at Allatoona. Look out for the cattle. They are our life and safety. I will not can far you unless I know Hood has crossed the Etowah.
W. T. SHERMAN,
KENESAW MOUNTAIN, October 9, 1864.
Beckwith has ordered the cattle to Atlanta. Shall I retain them?
GENERAL FIELD ORDERS
HEADQUARTERS DEPARTMENT AND ARMY OF THE TENNESSEE, No. 18.
Near Kenesaw Mountain, October 9, 1864.
Whilst uniting in the high commendation awarded by the general-in- chief,* the Army of the Tennessee would tender through me its most hearty appreciation and thanks to Brigadier General J. M. Corse for his promptitude, energy, and eminent success in the defense of Allatoona Pass against a force so largely superior to his own, and our warmest congratulations are extended to him to Colonel Tourtellotte, and the rest of our comrades-in-arms who fought at Allatoona, for the glorious manner in which they vetoed "the useless effusion of blood. "
O. O. HOWARD,
CARTERSVILLE, GA., October 9, 1864.
Captain L. M. DAYTON, Aide-de-Camp:
A dispatch just received from Resaca states that 1,000 rebel cavalry are between Villanow and Snake Creek Gap and 100 guarding the gap. Information received from citizens. A train was run off track near Dalton to-night; I suppose a construction train sent down to convey cross-ties to Acworth.
GREEN B. RAUM,
KINGSTON, October 9, 1864 - 7. 30 p. m.
The rebel cavalry made their appearance about sunset at Reynolds' Ford. Captain Mengel thinks there is quite a force.
B. D. DEAN,
Colonel, Twenty-sixth Missouri.
ROME, GA., October 9, 1864.
Your dispatch to General Raum and myself, signed Dayton, is just received. The bridges across the Etowah have been effectually destroyed yesterday evening. All intelligence I have indicates that Hood has not gone to Cedartown. I have just finished a new pontoon bridge
*See Special Field Orders, No. 86, Part I, p. 771.