War of the Rebellion: Serial 079 Page 0250 KY., SW. VA., TENN., MISS., ALA., AND N. GA. Chapter LI.

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position where the enemy had their battery yesterday. As soon as he is seriously checked, I will have him give way and let the infantry through.

J. D. COX,

Brigadier-General, Commanding.

HEADQUARTERS ARMY OF THE OHIO,

Five miles and a half from Rome, October 13, 1864.

Major-General SHERMAN,

Commanding Military DIVISION of the Mississippi:

Garrard is pushing on finely, my infantry in close support. He has driven Armstrong's cavalry the last two miles. Captured two pieces of artillery and a number of prisoners. Citizens report a larger force of cavalry (Harrison's DIVISION) ahead. I leave one DIVISION of infantry to cover the roads coming in from Summerville by Texas Valley, and push the other forward.

J. D. COX,

Brigadier-General, Commanding.

NINE MILES FROM ROME, October 13, 1864-11 a. m.

General SHERMAN:

I am nine miles from Rome with one brigade of infantry, one brigade of cavalry being ahead. Prisoners say the bridge was taken up yesterday, and that they are all going to Tennessee. The cavalry will push on till the information is complete, and I will not move the infantry farther unless needed.

J. D. COX,

Brigadier-General, Commanding.

OCTOBER 13, 1864-11. 40 a. m.

General COX:

Push on well. Kilpatrick is here and will go down south side of the Coosa.

SHERMAN.

HDQRS. MILITARY DIVISION OF THE MISSISSIPPI,

In the Field, Rome, October 13, 1864.

General COX:

I have your note announcing the capture of two guns. I prefer that you should send the cavalry off to your right flank and push ahead with your infantry; cavalry are too slow. Time is very important, and you cannot be too vigorous. I want the bridge at Coosaville destroyed and your command back near enough to follow on any road I may take.

W. T. SHERMAN,

Major-General.

NINE-MILE POST, October 13, 1864-12. 45 p. m.

Major-General SHERMAN,

Commanding Military DIVISION of the Mississippi:

The cavalry advance is now four miles beyond here. At receipt of your dispatch by courier I have signaled my arrival here. The cavalry