War of the Rebellion: Serial 079 Page 0292 Chapter LI. KY., SW. VA., TENN., MISS., ALA., AND N. GA.

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Brigadier-General Ransom, commanding Seventeenth Army Corps, will follow the Fifteenth Corps, moving at 8 a. m.

By order of Major General O. O. Howard:

WM. T. CLARK,

Assistant Adjutant-General.

SPECIAL ORDERS,

HEADQUARTERS FIFTEENTH ARMY CORPS, Numbers 145.

In the Field, Ga., October 15, 1864.

I. The command will march in fighting trim in the following order:

Second DIVISION with Battery F, Second Missouri, and Battery H, First Missouri; First DIVISION with Fourth Ohio Battery and First Iowa Battery; each DIVISION followed by ten ordnance wagons and ambulances. The remainder of ordnance train will fall in rear; also headquarters trains guarded by small rear guards. General Woods will detail one regiment to guard the ferry roads and other avenues to this place until relieved.

By order of Major General P. Joseph Osterhaus:

FREDK. WHITEHEAD,

Assistant Adjutant-General.

ROME, October 15, 1864.

Major-General SHERMAN:

I sent two brigades, one section of artillery, and one regiment of cavalry toward Summerville as directed. Struck the enemy three miles above there, where they showed artillery and strong line. Captured General Allen's inspector-general, who says there are three brigades of cavalry at the bridge and Wheeler's command near Dirt Town. Citizens report Hood is now coming back and that there is infantry near Summerville. Will advise you further.

JNO M. CORSE,

Brigadier-General.

ROME, GA., October 15, 1864.

Major-General SHERMAN:

All back safe. Drove Allen's DIVISION to Dirt Town and developed five brigades of cavalry guarding a train that is passing north through Dirt Town gap. No infantry could be seen or heard of. The impression among the prisoners is that the army is going to Tennessee. Our cavalry went twelve miles, leaving the infantry at Kinney's Creek, eight miles from here. Heard cannonading in direction of Snake Creek Gap. Wheeler was at Dirt Town this morning.

JNO M. CORSE,

Brigadier-General.

HDQRS. FOURTH DIVISION, FIFTEENTH ARMY CORPS,

Rome, Ga., October 15, 1864.

Major EDWARD S. JohnSON,

Commanding Post of Rome, Ga.:

MAJOR: The general commanding directs me to say that, on account of the weakness of the garrison at the present time, you will assemble the convalescents under arms, and with music march them through