SPECIAL FIELD ORDERS,
HDQRS. FOURTEENTH ARMY CORPS, Numbers 16.
Rome, Ga., November 1, 1864.
Orders for to-morrow, November 2: Colonel Este will march his DIVISION for Kingston, starting at daylight. His trains will all move in rear of his troops. General Carlin will follow with his DIVISION, taking the same road, starting one hour later and followed by his trains.
By order of Bvt. Major General J. C. Davis:
A. C. McCLURG,
Assistant Adjutant-General and Chief of Staff.
HDQRS. MILITARY DIVISION OF THE MISSISSIPPI,
In the Field, Rome, Ga., November 1, 1864.
Send a strong force to Lithonia with orders to break up the Augusta road eastward, burning every tie and twisting every bar of iron around trees, or otherwise rendering them entirely useless. The same party might cover a forage expedition; it should not be out more than five days. Also make preliminary preparations for the absolute destruction in Atlanta of the railroad track depots, car and store houses, shops, and indeed everything that might be used to our disadvantage by an enemy. Five days are all I can allow for the removal of our own property or the accumulation of stores. At the end of that time I expect to run back to Chattanooga all railroad stock, and commence the movement of which you are advised.
W. T. SHERMAN,
HEADQUARTERS CAVALRY DIVISION,
November 1, 1864-2 p. m.
Commanding U. S. Forces, Atlanta:
GENERAL: I have the honor to report that two men of the Fifth Indiana Cavalry, captured on the Stoneman raid, and escaping from Savannah, have come in to-night. They inform me that a large mounted force, estimated by them to be over 5,000, and said by the rebels to be 8,000, is in camp to-night at Stone Mountain. This force is made up of troops said to be from East Tennessee and North Carolina. They have no artillery.
Very respectfully, your obedient servant,
Colonel, Commanding DIVISION.
HDQRS. FIRST Brigadier, SECOND DIV., 20TH ARMY CORPS,
Atlanta, Ga., November 1, 1864.
Captain W. T. FORBES,
Acting Assistant Adjutant-General:
CAPTAIN: I have the honor to report that, in compliance with instructions received yesterday, I destroyed the railroad from the city of At-