War of the Rebellion: Serial 079 Page 0374 Chapter LI. KY., SW. VA., TENN., MISS., ALA., AND N. GA.

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Major-General Osterhaus, commanding Fifteenth Army Corps, will have the advance, mowing out his command at 7 a. m., and will throw out a strong advance guard at the crossing of Little River.

The Seventeenth Corps, Brigadier-General Leggett commanding, will follow the Fifteenth Corps, moving out at 9 a. m.

The supply trains will follow up and park compactly in the rear of their respective corps.

By order of Major General O. O. Howard:

WM. T. CLARK,

Assistant Adjutant-General.

HDQRS. MILITARY DIVISION OF THE MISSISSIPPI,

In the Field, Gaylesville, Ala., October 20, 1864.

General J. E. SMITH,

Cartersville:

The enemy has retreated before us toward Gadsden. I want all things put in readiness for our move south. Have all sick sent to the rear and clear your posts so we can make quick work. Instruct the commanding officer at Resaca to send back in wagons any sick or incumbrance that may be sent from the front. I will want your DIVISION all ready with ten days' rations and stripped for a long march by the 1st of November.

W. T. SHERMAN,

Major-General, Commanding.

HDQRS. MILITARY DIVISION OF THE MISSISSIPPI,

In the Field, Gaylesville, Ala., October 20, 1864.

General CORSE,

Rome:

The enemy has retreated down the Coosa toward Gadsden. I will not pursue any farther, but want you to begin for our move. Send all your wounded and sick back to Chattanooga as far as Resaca till the road is done. Keep as much rations as you can haul in your wagons, and will need about 500,000 rations to replenish in the course of a week. Send me all the intelligence of the condition of the road. I think General Kilpatrick can take care of the cavalry you mention as being below the Etowah.

W. T. SHERMAN,

Major-General, Commanding.

HDQRS. FOURTH DIVISION, FIFTEENTH ARMY CORPS,

Rome, Ga., October 20, 1864.

[General SHERMAN:]

GENERAL: Your note received. I have an extra pontoon bridge that can be floated down the Coosa but cannot be hauled. It is at your service. I have constant inquiries for the whereabouts of the different corps by officers and men wishing to join them. Hitherto I have told