to the garrison at Chattanooga, to which place it will proceed under command of Colonel McCook and report to Major General J. B. Steedman, commanding District of the Etowah, for duty. The quartermaster's department will furnish the necessary transportation.
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By command of Major-General Thomas:
WM. D. WHIPPLE,
HDQRS. FOURTH DIVISION, FIFTEENTH ARMY CORPS, Before Atlanta, Ga., July 30, 1864.
OFFICERS AND SOLDIERS OF THE FOURTH DIVISION:
The general commanding tenders his thanks to each and all, officers and soldiers of this command, for their splendid courage exhibited on the 22nd and 28th instant. During this campaign you have won for yourselves, if you had been before unknown, a name and reputation which will live in the history of your country and command the admiration of generations yet unborn. We mourn the loss of many brave companions, but their memory will always be dear to us, and none will ever hesitate to pay to them the tribute due to dead heroes. Let us all look confidently to the future, remaining faithful to ourselves, and at no distant day we may hope to return to our families, with a government firmly established over every acre of rebel territory. Until then our mission will not be complete. Again I thank you for the most distinguished exhibition of courage that I have witnessed during three years of active service.
HDQRS. MIL. DIV. OF THE MISSISSIPPI, No. 121.
Nashville, Tenn., August 1, 1864.
I. Brigadier General John McArthur will proceed at once to headquarters Military Division of the Mississippi in the field, and report to Major General W. T. Sherman, commanding.* * *
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By order of Major General W. T. Sherman:
R. M. SAWYER,
HDQRS. MILITARY DIVISION OF WEST MISSISSIPPI, New Orleans, August 4, 1864.
Major General GORDON GRANGER, U. S. Volunteerse,
Commanding U. S. Forces, Near Mobile, Ala.:
SIR: I am instructed by the major-general commanding to acknowledge the receipt of your communication of yesterday's date.* The balance of the troops intended for you (about 560) left, under command of Colonel Kirby, on the 2nd instant, by the steamer Alliance and
*See VOL. XXXIX, Part II, p.222.