round in the country for forage and adventure. Lookout for yourself and hold Atlanta. You have plenty of grub, and I will turn up somewhere.
W. T. SHERMAN,
HEADQUARTERS TWENTIETH CORPS,
Atlanta, Ga., October 16, 1864 - 6. 30 p. m.
COMMANDING OFFICER, Resaca:
Can you give me any information as to the operations of our army or Hood's, and of the amount of damage done to the railroad from Resaca north?
H. W. SLOCUM,
RESACA, October 16, 1864.
General SLOCUM, Atlanta:
Hood went north from here to Tunnel Hill with two corps. Captured the garrisons at Tilton and Dalton, and destroyed railroad. Passed WEST thought Buzzard Roost, while Lee held Snake Creek Gap. Lee moved WEST through Ship's Gap; left two brigades at Snake Creek Gap, which retreated before the deliberate preparations to dislodge them. Before General Stanley could reach their rear they crossed the mountain north along bridle paths. General Sherman is at Snake Creek Gap. Head of column near Villanow. General Schofield is at Chattanooga with 15,000 men. All goes well.
GREEN B. RAUM,
HDQRS. MILITARY DIVISION OF THE MISSISSIPPI,
In the Field, Snake Creek Gap, October 16, 1864 - 2 a. m.
General ELLIOTT, Resaca:
GENERAL: I am instructed by General Sherman to have you direct colonel Watkins to operate on the right of this army, harassing the rear of the enemy and obtaining such information as possible, and report to General Sherman as frequently as he can, keeping up communication. This is a modification of instructions as by Special Field Orders, Numbers 92, date 15th of October, 1864. *
I am, general, yours &c.,
L. M. DAYTON,
OCTOBER 16, 1864 - 3 a. m.
I have just received a note from General Sherman in which he says:
Tell Elliott so to dispose of Garrard's cavalry as to cover my trains and give me notice of the presence of any considerable force.
I suppose you have received same orders, by the package I sent you.
*See p. 285.