HDQRS. MILITARY DIVISION OF THE MISSISSIPPI,
In the Field, near Atlanta, Ga., August 4, 1864.
Will you let General Elliott get a return of all the cavalry not of General Garrard’s proper command, including Generals McCook’s, Kilpatrick’s, and Stoneman’s, and Colonel Hamilton’s commands, and propose an organization that will make all efficient? Colonel Adams has got to Marietta with 900 of General Stoneman’s command. The rest are, I fear, lost to us.
W. T. SHERMAN,
HEADQUARTERS ARMY OF THE CUMBERLAND,
August 4, 1864–6 p. m.
Elliott will get a return of the cavalry as you directed as soon as possible. I heard heavy cannonading for a few moments about 3 p. m. Was there any serious fighting on the right?
GEO. H. THOMAS,
Major-General, U. S. Volunteers, Commanding.