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HEADQUARTERS ARMY OF THE OHIO,

October 16, 1864 - 11. 30 a. m.

Major-General SHERMAN,

Commanding Military DIVISION of the Mississippi:

SIR: Your dispatch of 10 a. m. received. I am closed up on the Fourth Corps in the gap where the timber blockade began, and will at once go to work on the double track as you direct.

Very respectfully, &c.,

J. D. COX,

Brigadier-General, Commanding.

HEADQUARTERS ARMY OF THE OHIO,

Villanow, October 16, 1864 - 4. 45 p. m.

Major-General SHERMAN,

Commanding Military DIVISION of the Mississippi:

SIR: The people on the Rome road report that once corps of Hood's army went south by this road. As they say they have not been inquired of by any one in regard to the matter, I have thought best to report it, and to make some inquiries still farther south. My command is coming in good condition.

Very respectfully, &c.,

J. D. COX,

Brigadier-General, Commanding.

HEADQUARTERS ARMY OF THE OHIO,

Near Resaca, Ga., October 16, 1864.

Brigadier-General REILLY,

Commanding THIRD DIVISION, Twenty-THIRD Army Corps:

GENERAL: You will please put you column in motion promptly at 6 a. m. The army will march for Villanow.

By command of Brigadier-General Cox:

THEO. COX,

Captain and Assistant Adjutant-General.

NASHVILLE, TENN., October 16, 1864 - 10 p. m.

(Received 17th.)

Lieutenant-General GRANT:

I have information from General Sherman at Villanow. The enemy left Dalton at daylight on the 14th. The Fourth and Fourteenth Corps, having encamped the evening before at Tilton, pursued him on the road he took through Nickajack Gap, going west. The next morning Sherman, with the Army of the Tennessee, moved WEST from Resaca, through Snake Creek Gap and Villanow. I have directed Schofield to move with Morgan's and Wagner's DIVISION up Lookout Valley, for the purpose of intercepting Hood, should he be marching for the Tennessee, and to enable Sherman to get in his rear. News from Decatur and Rogersville indicates that the enemy's cavalry still occupy the south bank of the Tennessee, but no signs of a disposition on his part to cross. Re-enforcements are arriving at about the rate of one regiment a day, and are being disposed of as they arrive.

GEO. H. THOMAS,

Major-General.

(Same to Major-General Halleck.)