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of the affair of Van Wert, and prefer his working his way to Rome via Stilesborough if he cannot go direct. Let him know that he can come either way, but if he hangs on the rear of the enemy and hits him on all occasions he will do right.

W. T. SHERMAN,

Major-General, Commanding.

HDQRS. CHIEF OF CAVALRY, DEPT. OF THE CUMBERLAND,

Rome, Ga., October 11, 1864.

Colonel L. D. WATKINS,

Calhoun, Ga.:

The enemy is reported on the Armuchee. Be vigilant. Endeavor to develop whether it is cavalry or infantry, and if he moves toward Resaca or farther north.

W. L. ELLIOTT,

Brigadier-General and Chief of Cavalry.

HEADQUARTERS CAVALRY,

Rome, October 11, 1864.

General GARRARD,

Commanding Second Cavalry DIVISION:

GENERAL: I have information which I regard as reliable that Hood's army has crossed the Coosa and is now encamped on the Armuchee, but don't know yet whether he means Resaca and Dalton or Bridgeport. You will proceed without delay to the WEST side of the Oostenaula, via this place, and harass the enemy as much as possible. Provisions can be drawn en route if required by you.

Respectfully, your obedient servant,

W. L. ELLIOTT,

Brigadier-General and Chief of Cavalry.

HDQRS. CHIEF OF CAVALRY, DEPT. OF THE CUMBERLAND,

Near Rome, Ga., October 11, 1864-11 p. m.

General K. GARRARD,

Commanding Second DIVISION, South of Etowah River:

GENERAL: After you cross the Oostenaula make bold reconnaissance toward Summerville to ascertain if enemy has moved toward Dalton. Have you heard from Kilpatrick? Should he join me here I will push his DIVISION also toward Summerville and follow enemy with both DIVISIONS.

Very respectfully, your obedient servant,

W. L. ELLIOTT,

Brigadier-General and Chief of Cavalry.

VAN WERT, October 11, 1864-8 p. m.

Brigadier-General ELLIOTT,

Chief of Cavalry:

The enemy's cavalry left my front early this morning, taking the road to Cedartown; the THIRD Indiana followed them about seven miles. A large force of cavalry has encamped this evening at Cedartown. I have driven cavalry pickets from the Rome road beyond the point where the