MACON, GA., August 1, 1864.
General S. COOPER,
Adjutant and Inspector General:
General Stoneman, with a cavalry force estimated at 2,800, with artillery, was met two miles from this city by our forces, composed of Georgia reserves, citizens, local companies and the militia, which Governor Brown is organizing here. The enemy’s assault was repulsed and his force held in check along our entire line all day. Retiring toward Clinton, he was attacked next morning by General Iverson, who, having routed the main body, captured General Stoneman and 500 prisoners. His men are still capturing stragglers.
ATLANTA, GA., August 2, 1864.
His Excellency President DAVIS,
Since our late success over the enemy’s cavalry I hope now to be able, by interrupting Sherman’s communications, either to force him to fight me in position or to retreat. Please give me your advice freely at all times.
J. B. HOOD,
From Lieutenant David F. How to General Samuel Cooper – August 1, 1864