War of the Rebellion: Serial 079 Page 0184 KY., SW. VA., TENN., MISS., ALA., AND N. G. A. Chapter LI.

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and risk as few lives as possible. In case he attacks I wish you to burn down every house in Rome that interferes with your range of fire. How far is it from Rome to Cedartown? What kind of road, &c.?

W. T. SHERMAN,

Major-General, Commanding.

HDQRS. MILITARY DIVISION OF THE MISSISSIPPI, In the Field, Allatoona, October 10, 1864.

General CORSE,

Rome:

I have ordered the Army of the Ohio over to Cartersville, to be near enough in case of danger to you, Keep me well advised. I will also ride over to Cartersville to look at the bridge and defenses there.

W. T. SHERMAN,

Major-General, Commanding.

ROME, GA., October 10, 1864 - 11. 25 a. m.

Major-General SHERMAN:

Hood still crossing his forces at Cooasville. No approach yet on Rome within eight miles of my patrols. Hood's army is divided by the Coosa, and affords a fine opportunity to strike him in flank.

JNO. M. CORSE,

Brigadier-General.

ROME, GA., October 10, 1864 - 1 p. m.

Major-General SHERMAN:

The enemy are advancing on Rome on the Alabama road, which runs parallel with the WEST bank of the Coosa.

JNO. M. CORSE,

Brigadier-General.

HDQRS. MILITARY DIVISION OF THE MISSISSIPPI, In the Field, Cartersville, October 10, 1864.

General CORSE,

Rome:

Telegram just received. Orders are all out and troops marching for Rome, and will make it in time if it is possible.

W. T. SHERMAN,

Major-General, Commanding.

HDQRS. MILITARY DIVISION OF THE MISSISSIPPI, In the Field, Cartersville, October 10, 1864.

General CORSE,

Rome:

General Garrard was at Stilesborough this morning. I have sent him orders to hurry to Rome on the south side of Etowah, and to reach