HDQRS. DEPARTMENT AND ARMY OF THE TENNESSEE, May 27, 1864-8.45 p. M.
Commanding Military Division:
GENERAL: Inclosed I send you a sketch of our position at this time.* We have advanced some little distance, with some pretty live skirmishing. The enemy contest our advance clear round from the north Marietta road to the Villa Rica road, obliging us to front east, northeast, and southeast. The country is very broken and wooded, so that we cannot see any distance in advance, and have to develop the enemy's position cautiously. I have sent orders to General Garrard, now near Pumpkin Vine on the map, to push up to this place if possible, taking the left of the enemy in flank and rear.+
JAS. B. McPHERSON,
MAY 29, 1864. (Received 6.30 p. M.)
My signal officers report that the enemy show no indications of moving to the rear, but appear to be strengthening their position.
HDQRS. DEPT. OF THE CUMBERLAND, FIELD ORDERS,
Near Brown's Mill Creek, Ga., No. 148.
May 31, 1864.
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IV. The Ninth and Twenty second Regiments Michigan Infantry will constitute a brigade to be known as the Reserve Brigade, and will be commanded by Colonel H. Le Favour, Twenty-second Michigan Infantry. This brigade will fill all details for guards, &c., name by the provost-marshal-general, Department of the Cumberland.
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By command of Major-Geneal Thomas:
WM. D. WHIPPLE,
HDQRS. DEPARTMENT AND ARMY OF THE TENNESSEE, New Hope Church, June 5, 1864-6.20 a. M.
GENERAL: Our skirmishers advanced this morning as soon as it was light enough to see and found only a light of the enemy's skirmishers. These they drove out of the works and have followed them half a mile beyond New Hope Church, and are still pressing on slowly. General Harrow, who is on my left, has infantry skirmishers opposed to him and Morgan L. Smith, on his (Harrow's) right, has struck nothing but cavalry. We have not ascertained yet where the enemy has gone to, and are following cautiuosly. Have captured a lituenant and
*Probably Map 5, Plate XLIII, of the Atlas.
+For reply, see Sherman to McPherson, VOL. XXXVIII, Part IV, p.326.