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ROME, GA., October 12, 1864.

Major-General SCHOFIELD,

Knoxville, Tenn.:

I telegraphed you before we left Decatur and of first hearing of Hood's movement. The rebels have been foiled thus far in their efforts to do serious mischief. The whole army is concentrating here, leaving garrisons at Atlanta, &c., and Beauregard seems to be aiming toward the Tennessee at Bridgeport or above. I can hardly believe he will be so foolish, but such is the information. Garrard's cavalry was left at Atlanta and only the infantry of the corps is here. Please let me hear from you.

J. D. COX,

Brigadier-General.

HEADQUARTERS ARMY OF THE OHIO,

Rome, Ga., October 12, 1864.

Brigadier General J. A. COOPER,

Commanding Second DIVISION, Twenty-THIRD Army Corps:

GENERAL: You will please have issued to the troops of your command to-night a sufficient number of rations to make three days in their haversacks, commencing to-morrow morning. You will also hold your DIVISION in readiness to move promptly at 6 a. m. to- morrow.

By command of Brigadier General J. D. Cox:

THEO. COX,

Captain and Assistant Adjutant-General.

HEADQUARTERS ARMY OF THE OHIO,

Rome, Ga., October 12, 1864.

General REILLY,

Commanding THIRD DIVISION:

GENERAL: The general commanding directs me to say that you will move your DIVISION across the river to-morrow morning. The movement will be made without wagons, and only one battery of artillery will accompany you. Ambulances will move with the DIVISION. General cooper will have the advance. The movement will begin at 5. 30 o'clock.

Respectfully, your obedient servant,

H. W. WELLS,

Major and Chief of Ordnance and Artillery.

NASHVILLE, October 12, 1864-8. 30 p. m.

(Received 2. 30 p. m. 13th.)

Honorable SECRETARY OF WAR:

The following dispatch was received yesterday p. m. from General Sherman:

KINGSTON, October 11, 1864.

Major General G. H. THOMAS:

General Corse, at Rome, reports Hood's army passing up WEST of the Oostenaula toward Summerville and La Fayette. Re-enforce Chattanooga and Bridgeport to the utmost of your power.

W. T. SHERMAN.