HEADQUARTERS ARMY OF TENNESSEE,
July 26, 1864-12 p. m.
GENERAL: General Hood desires you to relieve General Hardee with your command, taking his position. You will move without delay, putting yourself in communication with him at once. You will leave a sufficient force on your right to give you certain information of the movements of the enemy, in case he should make any in that quarter, and to conceal, if possible, your withdrawal. General Hardee waits your movements.
F. A. SHOUP,
Chief of Staff.
From Brigadier General Francis A. Shoup to Major General Joseph Wheeler – July 26, 1864