SPECIAL ORDERS, HDQRS. FIFTEENTH ARMY CORPS, Numbers 142.
October 12, 1864.
I. The corps will move promptly at 8 o'clock this a. m. in the following order: Fifth, the First DIVISION with its artillery; second, the Second DIVISION with its artillery; ambulance, ammunition, and headquarters trains will follow their respective DIVISIONS, with small detail for guard. Straggling will not be allowed under any circumstances. DIVISION commanders will therefore take such steps as will insure a strict compliance with orders heretofore issued on the subject.
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By order of Major General P. Joseph Osterhaus:
ROME, GA., October 12, 1864-7. 30 p. m.
General John E. SMITH:
I renew my order to send to Rome all provisions at Allatoona and Cartersville, reserving at each place twenty days' supply; also all sick and wounded. Order all commanding officers to work on their defenses, so as to make them impregnable. The enemy has passed up WEST of Rome, and to-morrow I will ascertain if he has gone to venture into Tennessee, or merely is on a raid.
W. T. SHERMAN,
CARTERSVILLE, October 12, 1864.
I have made every effort to get cars, but up to this time none have arrived. I will send as rapidly as possible. Firing heard WEST of Allatoona this p. m. ; suppose it was Kilpatrick. Have not been able to find out.
JNO E. SMITH,
KINGSTON, October 12, 1864-8. 15 p. m.
The brigade ordered to Resaca, consisting of one regiment, 400 strong, started on train about 5 p. m., and only got as far as Adairsville. Track torn up near that place. I have sent ten mounted men to carry dispatches from Sherman to Raum, and see what the extent of damage is. No empty cars here.
B. D. DEAN,
HDQRS. MILITARY DIVISION OF THE MISSISSIPPI,
In the Field, Rome, Ga., October 12, 1864.
Bvt. Brigadier General G. B. RAUM:
General Ransom is ordered to leave a brigade to go to Resaca. Send in up quick; the enemy has gone north.
W. T. SHERMAN,
[OCTOBER 12, 1864. -For correspondence between Hood and Wever, in regard to the surrender of Resaca, see Part I, p. 753.]