Coosa. I except a pontoon bridge down from Rome to-morrow night, when I will throw a force across to Canton. You will find more open country as you approach Will's Valley. Keep me advised.
W. T. SHERMAN,
HEADQUARTERS SECOND CAVALRY DIVISION,
October 21, 1864.
Captain JACOBS, Assistant Adjutant-General, &c.:
CAPTAIN: The First Ohio is back, and should be near Gaylesville. It was left on picket ata Gover's Gap. It is a small regiment and has no ammunition, and I can get none of rits carbines. I have detailed this regiment for couriers to General Sherman, and it should be on hand early to-day. I have not heard from it, but think it must be near Gaylesville.
Very respectfully, your obedient servant,
Brigadier-General, Commanding DIVISION.
OCTOBER 21, 1864.
Major General O. O. HOWARD,
Commanding Department and Army of the Tennessee:
SIR: I have the honor to report that the enemy are on the Gadsden road, about one mile beyond Blue Pond, holding Garrard's advance in check near Yellow Creek Gap, on the Gadsden road.
I am, sir, very respectfully, your obedient servant,
Captain in Charge of Scouts.
3 P. M.
The enemy was cavalry under Wheeler in person, about 600 strong. Garrard drove them back through the gap before the orderly left.
O. O. HOWARD,
HDQRS. FIFTEENTH ARMY CORPS, Numbers 150. Near Gaylesville, Ala., October 21, 1864.
1. The command will move promptly at 7 a. m. toward Blue Pond in the following order: First, the First DIVISION, with its artillery; second, the Second DIVISION, with its artillery.
Ambulances, ammunition wagons, and headquarters trains will follow their respective DIVISIONS.
Headquarters trains Fifteenth Army Corps will follow train of First DIVISION. Brigadier-General Woods will throw out a strong advance guard.
Brigadier-General Hazen will detail a rear guard of not less than two regiments of infantry.
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By order of Major General P. Joseph Osterhaus: