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HDQRS. MILITARY DIVISION OF THE MISSISSIPPI,

In the Field, Resaca, Ga., October 14, 1864.

General CORSE:

Leave enough men to hold the bridges and the important forts, and with the balance, about 2,500 men, and a section of guns, move out to-morrow on the Summerville road about eight miles. Stay till night and return to Rome. We will force the Snake Creek Pass.

W. T. SHERMAN,

Major-General.

SPECIAL ORDERS,

HDQRS. FOURTH DIV., 15TH ARMY CORPS, Numbers 18.

Rome, Ga., October 14, 1864.

I. The First Alabama Cavalry, Colonel George E. Spencer commanding; the First Infantry Brigade, Lieutenant Colonel R. Martin commanding; the Second Brigade of Infantry, Lieutenant- Colonel Van Sellar commanding, and one regiment from THIRD Brigade Infantry, which will report to Colonel Van Sellar, by order of Colonel Hurlbut, commanding brigade, also one section of Company A, First Illinois Artillery, under command of a commissioned officer, will cross the Oostenaula River at 7 a. m. to-morrow, the 15th instant, and move out on the Summerville road about eight miles, where they will halt, throw out vedettes and patrols to prevent a surprise and to protect the flanks and watch the movements of the enemy, and remain there until late in the afternoon, when they will return to this place.

II. The whole to be under the command of Colonel George E. Spencer, First Alabama Cavalry, who will keep his communications open and report to the general commanding immediately the appearance of an enemy or of anything of importance which may transpire during the day.

III. Each regiment will be allowed one ambulance, but no wagons. The will move in the following order, viz:

1. First Alabama Cavalry, Colonel George E. Spencer commanding.

2. First Brigade Infantry, Lieutenant Colonel R. Martin commanding.

3. One section First Illinois Artillery.

4. Second Brigade Infantry, Lieutenant-Colonel Van Sellar commanding.

Colonel George E. Spencer will report at these headquarters at 6. 30 a. m. to-morrow for instructions.

By order of Brigadier General John M. Corse:

JAS. DAVIDSON,

Lieutenant and Acting Assistant Adjutant-General.

HEADQUARTERS ARMY OF THE OHIO,

In the Field, Ga., October 14, 1864.

Brigadier General J. W. REILLY,

Commanding THIRD DIVISION, Twenty-THIRD Army Corps:

GENERAL: The commanding general directs that your command be in readiness to move promptly at 6 o'clock to-morrow morning. The Second DIVISION, Twenty-THIRD Army Corps, will take the advance,

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