CHATTANOOGA, TENN., October 30, 1864.
Major General G. H. THOMAS,
Saint Cloud Hotel:
Five trains of General Wood's troops have departed, the sixth will leave soon. We are all right for cars south. General Easton has directed flats to be loaded south, which leaves us in good shape both north and south.
G. F. TINDALL.
NASHVILLE, TENN., October 30, 1864-7 p. m.
(Received 10,30 p. m.)
Major T. T. ECKERT:
The enemy is reported to-night crossing Tennessee River at Bainbridge, and General Croxton (who sends the report) says he cannot doubt its truth. I am informed, by order of General Sherman, that Atlanta will not be occupied a week hence, and I prepare to withdraw to Chattanooga within that time. I send cipher men, two with General Sherman and one with each corps headquarters, but no field force or equipments for constructing lines.
J. C. VAN DUZER,
Captain and Assistant Quartermaster.
SPECIAL FIELD ORDERS, HDQRS. ARMY OF THE OHIO, NO. 143.
Rome, Ga., October 30, 1864.
I. The army will move to-morrow morning at daylight, as follows: The THIRD DIVISION, Brigadier General J. D. Cox commanding, will march to Calhoun. The wagon train will follow the THIRD DIVISION. The Second DIVISION, Brigadier General J. A. Cooper commanding, will move in rear of the train.
II. The troops will march for Resaca at 6 o'clock to-morrow, and be prepared to continue the march, or to move by rail without delay, as may be ordered.
Officers will prepare for a short campaign without wagon transportation.
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By command of Major-General Schofield:
CLINTON A. CILLEY,
Captain and Assistant Adjutant-General.
NASHVILLE, TENN., October 30, 1864.
(To be forwarded if left.)
Your dispatch has been received. Get to Athens as soon possible and see that your quartermaster and commissary make the necessary arragements to supply your troops. Report your arrival at Athens and whatever information you may be able to gather relating to the position and strength of the enemy.
GEO. H. THOMAS,
Major-General, U. S. Volunteers, Commanding.