place. I discredit the report. Will have the country scoured to ascertain the truth. Three deserters report five regiments Georgia cavalry only at Villa Rica.
O. O. HOWARD,
Copy sent General Kilpatrick with the following:
Brigadier General J. KILPATRICK,
Commanding Cavalry DIVISION:
The major-general commanding directs that you push out scouts in the direction above named.
Very respectfully, your obedient servant,
SAML. L. TAGGART,
MARIETTA, November 11, 1864.
Captain L. M. DAYTON,
Four deserters came in this morning; left Montgomery on 2d; came to Opelika on cars; left that place on 4th; passed Carrollton on 9th. Hood was at Corinth. All convalescent soldiers now being sent to that point. Some infantry and 1,500 cavalry at Opelika. Three brigades of cavalry at Carrollton, and five regiments at Villa Rica. Small force at WEST Point and Newman. Cars run to Newman. No information regarding Atlanta and Macon Railroad. Citizens from Carrollton, and other points in that direction, think we are retreating from Atlanta.
HDQRS. LEFT WING., ARMY OF Georgia, Numbers 1.
Atlanta, Ga., November 11, 1864.
Pursuant to Special Orders, Numbers 120, headquarters Military DIVISION of the Mississippi, I assume command of the Fourteenth and Twentieth Army Corps.
The organization composed of the above corps will hereafter be know as the Left Wing, Army of Georgia.
The following staff officers are announced, viz:
Lieutenant Colonel H. C. Rodgers, assistant adjutant-general.
Major E. W. Guindon, aide-de-camp.
Captain W. W. Moseley, aide-de-camp.
Captain W. G. Tracy, aide-de-camp.
H. W. SLOCUM,
SPECIAL FIELD ORDERS,
HDQRS. FOURTEENTH ARMY CORPS, Numbers 17.
Kingston, Ga., November 11, 1864.
The troops of the Fourteenth Corps will move to-morrow in the following order:
General Baird will move his DIVISION, accompanied by all his trains, at 6. 30 a. m., on the direct road to Cartersville.