War of the Rebellion: Serial 079 Page 0348 Chapter LI. KY., SW. VA., TENN., MISS., ALA., AND N. GA.

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The paper of the 13th contains the following dispatch from Forrest:

CHEROKEE, ALA., October 10, 1864.

Generals Rousseau and Thomas are following me with about 12,000 men, and organizing to cross here. I have still 500 men on the north side of the river who have gone to the hills. I think them safe. Three gun-boats and four transports came up river to-day as far as Eastport and landed 2,000 emn and three pieces of artillery. Kelley drove them back and captured their artillery.

N. B. FORREST,

Major-General.

If Hood goes to Blue Mountein I would ike to take two DIVISIONS and strike out for Macon and Milledgeville. One DIVISION in our new works, with all our surplus artillery, can hold Atlanta, and I believe I can go through the State with two good DIVISIONS. I can get a new outfit of horses and mules and damage the enemy seriously by destroyiling the railroad, &c., even if I fail in capturing either Macon or Milledgeville. I am positive they have no force in this section of the State except I verson's cavalry. Let me try it. I will return if I beocme satisfied I am hazarding too much.

H. W. SLOCUM,

Major-General.

HEADQUARTERS TWENTIETH CORPS,

Atlanta, Ga., October 18, 1864.

Brigadier General A. S. WILLIAMS,

Commanding First DIVISION:

Dispatches from General Sherman state the enemy have left the railroad and have gone south; are now as far south as Alpine. Our army left Ship's Gap this morning to follow them. Heavy details are at work repairing the road. Telegraphic communication will be opended in a few days, and the road will be opended in the course of ten days.

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

H. W. PERKINS,

Lieutenant-Colonel and Assistant Adjutant-General.

(Copy to DIVISION commanders.)

HEADQUARTERS TWENTIETH CORPS,

Atlanta, Ga., October 18, 1864.

Brigadier General J. W. GEARY,

Commanding Second DIVISION:

GENERAL: The major-general commanding directs that you hold one brigade of your troops in readiness to accompany a train on the East Point railroad to guard it while taking up the railroad iron. In view of this you will not be required to furnish any details for fatigue duty on the fortifications until this work is finished or until the forage train returns. The detail of this brigade will be continued from day to day until the work of removing the iron is completed.

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

H. W. PERKINS,

Lieutenant-Colonel and Assistant Adjutant-General.