ATLANTA, July 27, 1864-5.30 p. m.
General BRAXTON BRAGG,
Macon and Columbus:
(Post commander will find him on train and deliver.)
There is a raid moving toward Covington. Considerable force. Ten pieces of artillery. Wheeler in pursuit. Destination unknown. Please give such attention as you can.
J. B. HOOD,
July 27, 1864-daylight.
General Hood directs me to say that he desires to hold General Hardee’s line, if possible, and wishes you to do all in your power to do so.
Very respectfully, &c.,
F. A. SHOUP,
Chief of Staff.
HEADQUARTERS ARMY OF TENNESSEE,
July 27, 1864-11 a. m.
In reply to your dispatches regarding movement of enemy cavalry, General hold directs that you detach what force you can spare to follow this raid and keep it in observation. They will endeavor to bring the enemy to a stand.
JOHN S. SMITH,
July 27, 1864-1.30 p. m.
General hood directs that you dispatch such force as you may deem sufficient to bring the raid you speak of to bay. The force you leave on the line direct to keep in communication with the right of General Hardee. From the time in passing it should not seem to be a heavy force. Have sent to Jackson to know if he can send Humes to join you. Come in the evening, if not too much engaged. Let your attention be directed to the Macon railroad in your movements.
F. A SHOUP.
P. S.-You must not go in person, unless you think it important.