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commissaries in early in the morning to draw rations and issue them to-morrow night. We had better let the troops march through town.

By command of Major-General Stanley:

WM. H. SINCLAIR,

Major and Assistant Adjutant-General.

HEADQUARTERS FOURTH ARMY CORPS,

Chattanooga, Tenn., October 29, 1864-11. 30 p. m.

Brigadier-General WOOD, Commanding:

March as early as 6 a. m. to-morrow for Chattanooga depot. The troops will be sent via railroad to Huntsville, Pulaski, of Athens, as circumstances may determine. We will embark the infantry and officers' houses, and ten day's rations, if possible. The rebs are reported crossing at mouth of Cypress Creek, twenty miles below Pulaski. They have been repulsed at Decatur by Granger. Will meet you in morning as you come in and give further orders.

By order of Major-General Stanley:

WM. H. SINCLAIR,

Major and Assistant Adjutant-General.

ROME, GA., October 29, 1864.

General STEEDMAN:

Let me know the moment you hear of General Stanley, and to what point General Thomas orders him. I will also send Shofield's (Twenty-THIRD) corps to Resaca, and on to Chattanooga, if events demand it. I want every mite of news you have from the quarter of Decatur. You must organize and systematize the hospitals and men sent back to Chattanooga. You could use some of them for your forts. If there be any unfinished work at Chattanooga or on Lookout Mountain it should be finished at once.

W. T. SHERMAN,

Major-General.

CHATTANOOGA, October 29, 1864-3 p. m.

Major-General SHERMAN:

General Stanley has just arrived. His command will pass through Chattanooga, except one DIVISION, which will cross Sand Mountain to Stevenson, as directed by General Thomas. There is nothing later from Decatur than the dispatch I sent you from General Granger last night.

J. B. STEEDMAN,

Major-General.

HDQRS. MILITARY DIVISION OF THE MISSISSIPPI,

In the Field, Rome, Ga., October 29, 1864.

Major-General STEEDMAN, Chattanooga, Tenn.:

I have your dispatch of to-day. Have you telegrahic communication with Decatur and Huntsville? If so, I want to know if Hood is still before Decatur, or, if he is gone, in what direction he went. Let me know to-night if possible.

W. T. SHERMAN,

Major-General.