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HDQUARTS. MILITARY DIVISION OF THE MISSISSIPPI,

In the Field, Rome, Ga., October 28, 1864.

General STEEDMAN,

Chattanooga, Tenn.:

Telegraph to General Granger he must hold on the death. hood has no ammunition to spare, and cannot afford to assault. Send Granger some ammunition, if you can safely do so, by a boat. The gun-boats ought all to be there. Movements will occur elsewhere that will make Hood quit Decatur. Tell Granger to delay Hood there as long as he can. Stanley's corps will reach Wauhatchie to-morrow, and I will also send up Schofield's corps. let General Thomas re-enforce Granger if necessary, but he don't want too many men. /

W. T. HERMAN,

Major-General, Commanding.

CHATTANOOGA, October 28, 1864.

Major-General SHERMAN:

I have nothing from Decatur later than 11 this a. m. General Granger telegraphed me that Hood was there with his whole army preparing to attack him. The line is all right to Decatur.

JAS. B. STEEDMAN,

Major-General.

HDQRS. MILITARY DIVISION OF THE MISSISSIPPI,

In the Field, Rome, Ga., October 28, 1864.

General STEEDMAN,

Chattanooga, Tenn. ;

Your telegram received. The general desires you to telegraph General Granger that he does not think hood will assault works, but that he is there for the purpose of repairing the railroad from Corinth to Tuscumbia, with the object of making the latter his base. At present he has few supplies and can; t afford to waster his men on works, and before he can finish the road ad cross the river we will be on him.

L. M. DAYTON,

]Aide-de-Camp.

CHATTANOOGA, October 28, 1864-11. 30 p. m.

Major-General SHERMAN:

The following dispatch is just received:

DECATUR, October 28, 1864.

Major-General STEEDMAN,

Chattanooga:

There is a calm this evening with the pickets. They appear to be moving their artillery about considerably. We made 130 prisoners to-day. They all think we will have warm work to-night or to- morrow. have no news from Sherman. Where do you think he is!

R. S. GRANGER,

Brigadier-General.

I have sent General Granger 1,500 rounds of artillery ammunition.

JAS. B. STEEDMAN,

Major-General.