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HDQRS. CHIEF OF CAVALRY, DEPT. OF THE CUMBERLAND,

Resaca, Ga., October 16, 1864.

Colonel L. D. WATKINS,

Commanding THIRD Brigade, First Cavalry DIVISION:

The general commanding directs that you 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 you can, keeping up communication. This is a modification of instructions as by Special Field Orders, Numbers 92, headquarters Military DIVISION of the Mississippi, October 15, 1864.

I am, general, very respectfully, your obedient servant,

J. E. JACOBS,

Captain and Assistant Adjutant-General.

CAMP ABOUT TWO MILES FROM RESACA,

ON THE SNAKE CREEK GAP ROAD,

October 16, 1864 - 4. 30 p. m.

Brigadier-General ELLIOTT,

Chief of Cavalry:

GENERAL: The roads are still full of wagons, and it will be impossible for me to advance any farther to-day. I have sent a regiment to the mouth of the gap to guard the road running from Lay's Ferry to Dalton. I will move early in the morning and do the best I can for the safety of the immense trains which follow our armies. Where there is only one road I should think they extend over ten miles. There is nearly all the trains of two corps yet to move out of the town and the cattle.

Very respectfully, your obedient servant,

K. GARRARD,

Brigadier-General, Commanding DIVISION.

HDQRS. CHIEF OF CAVALRY, DEPT. OF THE CUMBERLAND,

Resaca, Ga., October 16, 1864.

Brigadier General K. GARRARD,

Commanding Second Cavalry DIVISION;

The general commanding directs that you so dispose of your DIVISION as to cover the trains, protecting as far as possible the rear of the army, and give notice of the presence of any considerable force of the enemy. Colonel Watkins passed through Dalton, Buzzard roost, and went to Tunnel Hill. He met no force or any indication of the vicinity of one, and ascertained that Hood's army had passed through Nickajack Gap.

I am, general, very respectfully, your obedient servant,

Captain and Assistant Adjutant-General.

HDQRS. CHIEF OF CAVALRY, DEPT. OF THE CUMBERLAND,

Rome, Ga., October 16, 1864.

Brigadier General J. KILPATRICK,

Commanding THIRD Cavalry DIVISION:

You will, with your DIVISION, occupy such a position, say Dallas, Burnt Hickory, or in that vicinity, as will protect the railroad from the Eto-