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HDQRS. MILITARY DIVISION OF THE MISSISSIPPI,

In the Field, Kingston, Ga., November 11, 1864.

Captain O. M. POE,

Atlanta, Ga.:

You may commence the work of destruction at once, but don't use fire until toward the last moment.

W. T. SHERMAN,

Major-General.

HDQRS. MILITARY DIVISION OF THE MISSISSIPPI,

In the Field, Kingston, Ga., November 11, 1864.

General EASTON,

Atlanta, Ga.:

I understand there are three trains coming down, but they did not leave Dalton till 6 p. m. It will delay us one day to await them and I do not want to lose this fine weather. Besides, the burning of the town of Rome gives the enemy the clue to my intentions. Cannot we get along with what we now have?

W. T. SHERMAN,

Major-General.

(Same to Colonel Beckwith.)

ATLANTA, GA., November 11, 1864.

Major-General SHERMAN:

With what the army now has in its provision wagons, what is between here and Kingston, and what I have here in store I think I can make out five day's grain, commencing with to-morrow.

L. C. EASTON,

Chief Quartermaster.

ATLANTA, November 11, 1864.

Major-General SHERMAN:

The Army of the Tennessee have obtained and have got in their wagons allot they can haul and they want; same of Twentieth Army Corps. There is great plenty of salt, coffee, salt meat, pepper, and soap here. The Fourteenth Army Corps may want a little more bread, and, perhaps, a little more sugar. I have about 100,000 rations bread for Fourteenth Army Corps, 22,000 rations sugar. I do not know how much General Davis may have on hand, but presume he has 200,000 rations of bread. Everything is loaded in Atlanta save what is held for the Fourteenth Army Corps. There are least 1,200,000 rations of the principal rations in hands of troops and available.

A. BECKWITH,

Colonel, &c.

HDQRS. MILITARY DIVISION OF THE MISSISSIPPI,

In the Field, Kingston, Ga., November 11, 1864.

General EASTON,

Atlanta, Ga. ;

There are three trains here now, seemingly loaded with bread and forage. I have ordered them to go through to Atlanta, but they are