War of the Rebellion: Serial 079 Page 0286 Chapter LI. KY., SW. VA., TENN., MISS., ALA., AND N. GA.

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men. At 3 o'clock last night a brigade found the enemy still in Snake Creek Gap. Still it may be if they have seen our force they are off. If the enemy leaves us Snake Creek Gap it will not be necessary for you to pass the hill, but let us make it certain. Leave orders for your wagons to park in a convenient place, your ammunition where it can come forward on notice; move as quiet as possible for the Rome road, around by the head of Camp Creek, and let Davis close on you.




October 15, 1864-12 m.

[General STANLEY:]

GENERAL: I got through all right. The rebs still occupy Snake Creek Gap. General Sherman wishes you to push on toward Villanow - not work down this way along the back of the mountain. Keep troops crossing toward Villanow, both Fourth and Fourteenth Corps, closing down toward the WEST end of the gap, which is about two miles from Villanow. On the map of the campaign a road is laid down from Tilton to Villanow in the very direction in which General Sherman wishes the movement made.

Respectfully, yours,


Assistant Adjutant-General.

P. S. -I have written at the dictation of General Sherman.

W. H. S.


Near Resaca, Ga., October 15, 1864-6 a. m.

Order of March for the Fourth Army Corps for to-day, October 15:

The corps will march at 7 a. m. General Whitaker's DIVISION will lead; General Wood's DIVISION will follow. One battery of rifled guns will occupy and move in the rear of the leading brigade of General Whitaker's DIVISION. Five ammunition wagons and five ambulances will follow each DIVISION. To-day the Artillery Brigade will follow immediately after the corps, without wagons; then will follow all headquarters trains-corps headquarters train first, then the trains of DIVISIONS in the order of march, then Artillery Brigade headquarters. The hospital train will follow headquarters trains of the corps.

By order of Major-General Stanley:


Assistant Adjutant-General.


Three miles north of Resaca, Ga., on Tilton Road,

October 15, 1864-12. 30 a. m.

Major-General DAVIS,

Commanding Fourteenth Army Corps:

GENERAL: In accordance with orders just received from Major- General Sherman, this army will move at 7 o'clock this morning, and will endeavor to "cross over the hills about two miles north of Snake Creek