JORDAN'S CROSS-ROADS, ALA., October 29, 1864-7. 45 p. m.
Brigadier General K. GARRARD,
Commanding Cavalry DIVISION:
I have ordered the supply trains to pull out at 6 a. m. to-morrow. I should like to have you picket the Jacksonville and Goshen roads, simply as alarm posts, until the Fifteenth Corps shall have passed. you can move along the right flank of the train to Cave Spring with your main body, and watch toward Cedartown. The pickets left behind can join you at that point.
Respectfully, your obedient servant,
O. O. HOWARD,
HDQRS. FIFTEENTH ARMY CORPS, Numbers 156.
In the Field, Ala., October 29, 1864.
I. The command will break camp at dawn of day. In consideration ov the bad condition of the roads, the order of march will be as follows: First, the First DIVISION, with all the artillery; second, ordnance, ambulance regimental, and headquarters trains; THIRD, the Second DIVISION. DIVISION commanders will detail one regiment to escort trains belonging to their respective DIVISIONS.
By order of Major General P. Joseph Osterhaus:
FRED K. WHITEHEAD,
HEADQUARTERS FIFTEENTH ARMY CORPS,
In the Field, Ala., October 29, 1864-8 p. m.
Lieutenant Colonel W. T. CLARK,
Asst. Adjt. General, Department and Army of the Tennessee:
COLONEL: By direction of Major-General Osterhaus I have the honor to report that the Fifteenth Corps obtained possession of the bridge across Coosa River at 3. 30 p. m. The head of the column arrived at a point one mile beyond the fork of the road on the Jacksonville road, and six miles from Cedar Bluff, about dark, where the corps will encamp. It has been detained greatly by the train of the Seventeenth Army Corps. General Osterhaus has remained at the bridge until the column crosses, when he expects to see it effectually destroyed.
I have the honor to be, sir, your obedient servant,
S. D. NICHOLS,
Lieutenant Colonel 4th Iowa Infty., Actg. Asst. insp. General, 15th Army Corps.
HDQRS. MILITARY DIVISION OF THE MISSISSIPPI,
In the Field, Rome, Ga., October 29, 1864.
General John E. SMITH, Cartersville, Ga.:
I will send general Schofield's corps to Resaca from here to- morrow, and it will relieve all your men at Adairsville and above. you will then collect your DIVISION at Kingston and Cartersville ready to move. I must here await for the development of Hood. I think Thomas will have enough men to handle him, even if he succeeds in crossing the Tennessee.
W. T. SHERMAN,