second, Second DIVISION, Brigadier General W. B. Hazen commanding; THIRD, Artillery Brigade; ammunition, ambulance, and headquarters trains will follow their respective DIVISIONS. Brigadier-General Hazen will detail one regiment to escort artillery and act as rear guard.
By order of Major General P. Joseph Osterhaus:
HDQRS. MILITARY DIVISION OF THE MISSISSIPPI,
In the Field, Rome, Ga., October 13, 1864.
General John E. SMITH,
General Howard left at Kingston only two regiments instead of a brigade, but they are strong regiments. I suppose it is ow too late to re-enforce Resaca, but I want that force up the railroad as far as possible to watch the movements of Hood's army. I think he will go on, it may be into Tennessee and Kentucky, picking up the small garrisons and avoiding the larger just as I wanted to do south. I will keep my army pretty well in hand so as to fight him if I get to him. I am now moving over toward Summerville with the Army of the Ohio, and have the Cumberland and Tennessee ready to turn up toward Resaca.
W. T. SHERMAN,
(Copy of General McCook and General Ransom, at Kingston.)
CARTERSVILLE, October 13, 1864-5 p. m.
Have all my force at work strengthening the defenses. Will countermand the order sending supplies to Rome, and protect them.
JOHN E. SMITH,
RESACA, October 13, 1864.
The enemy in heavy force are now around this place, their resting on the river WEST and their left on the river east. I have made such disposition as I feel sure will result in the defeat of the enemy. Instead of a brigade having been left by the Seventeenth Army Corps to re-enforce this place, one regiment, the Tenth Illinois, is with me. I trust that re-enforcements will be hurried here as soon as possible. I think by placing a battery on the left bank of the river opposite the right of the enemy that his position will be enfiladed. A pontoon bridge is now over the stream. I have sent the cavalry horses, train, and cars under the protection of 200 cavalry.
G. B. RAUM,