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HDQRS. MILITARY DIVISION OF THE MISSISSIPPI,

In the Field, Resaca, October 14, 1864-6 p. m.

General SLOCUM, Atlanta:

Your telegram giving information about return of forage train received. Beyond a doubt the enemy's whole force is here. Repeat the expeditions for forage and accumulate all you can. General Kilpatrick will patrol and cover the road from Chattahoochee River to Kingston via Dallas, &c., and he will keep you fully advised of everything in his vicinity.

L. M. DAYTON,

Aide-de-Camp.

HDQRS. DEPARTMENT AND ARMY OF THE TENNESSEE,

Near Resaca, Ga., October 14, 1864.

Captain L. M. DAYTON,

Aide-de-Camp, Military DIVISION of the Mississippi:

CAPTAIN: I have the honor to report the disposition of my command to-night, as follows:

First. Two DIVISIONS Seventeenth Corps at Resaca in camp on WEST side of river.

Second. Fifteenth Corps (Major-General Osterhaus) in camp at Calhoun, I understand by General Sherman's order, for guarding trains.

THIRD. THIRD DIVISION, Seventeenth Corps (Leggett), in camp at or near Calhoun.

Fourth. Supply trains and cattle coming up rapidly, and will reach this point to-morrow.

Very respectfully, your obedient servant,

O. O. HOWARD,

Major-General.

SPECIAL FIELD ORDERS,

HEADQUARTERS DEPARTMENT AND ARMY OF THE TENNESSEE, Numbers 137.

Near Adairsville, Ga., October 14, 1864.

I. Brigadier General T. E. G. Ransom, commanding Seventeenth Army Corps, will, as soon as possible, move with the balance of his command to Calhoun, directing Brigadier-General Leggett to come forward to this point, and remain till all headquarters and ordnance trains have passed, when he will join the corps at Calhoun, leaving one regiment at Adairsville until the general supply train arrives, when it will come forward.

NEAR RESACA, October 14, 1864.

II. In accordance with instructions from headquarters Military DIVISION of the Mississippi, as contained in Special Field Orders 91, of October 14, 1864 (copy herewith inclosed*), the following movements of this army will be made:

1. Brigadier-General Ransom, commanding Seventeenth Army Corps, will move with all his available force toward Snake Creek Gap, at 7 o'clock to-morrow morning. General Ransom will direct General Leggett, commanding THIRD DIVISION, Seventeenth Army Corps, to join his command at the earliest possible moment to participate in this movement.

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* See p. 268.

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