GENERAL: We are in Dallas. The enemy is evidently in force on the Marietta road, his left extending around to the Villa Rica road or near it. I desire you to push the main portion of your cRead More
Your letter, inclosing report of Colonel Minty, is received.* His brigade has done good service to-day and drew four regiments of rebel cavalry from in front of our right off toward Villa Rica to fight him. I desire you to continue to press and threaten tRead More
GENERAL: Inclosed please find sketch* of our position to-night. Garrard’s cavalry occupies pretty much the same position as last night. We entered this place shortly before 2 p.m. to-day, General Davis’ skirmishers and my own coming in about the same timeRead More
I am going to move directly on Dallas from my present position this morning. Thomas is to the north and east of Dallas about three miles.
I desire you to co-operate in such a manner as to cover our right flank and at the same time have an eye to our tr
GENERAL: The enemy had evidently massed his available strength in and about Dallas, and we may expect a heavy battle to-morrow. Hold your cavalry well in hand near your present headquarters, Adair’s Court-House, to cover our right flank, and be ready forRead More
Commanding Cavalry Division
The main column is going into camp on this creek, where there is water. Camp your command in some good position for to-night on the road toward Dallas. Reconnoiter the roads thoroughly leading off to the southeast towardRead More
The main column is going into camp on this creek, where there is water. Camp your command in some good position for to-night on the road toward Dallas. Reconnoiter the roads thoroughly leading off to the southeast toward Pumpkin Vine and Villa Rica. FindRead More
GENERAL: I am camped on the Pumpkin Vine three miles from Dallas and three miles from Pumpkin Vine Church. This afternoon I moved on Dallas, and when in a mile of it was attacked by a brigade of infantry and one of cavalry; at least such is the impressionRead More
This army will move to-morrow morning, Major-General Logan, commanding Fifteenth Army Corps, having the advance, marching at 6 o’clock across the Wooley’s Bridge, on the Van Wert road. Brigadier- General Dodge2 commanding Left Wing, Sixteenth Army Corps,Read More
GENERAL: Send a detachment of 100 men to Rome and to hunt up Brigadier-General Davis division. If Rome is in our possession or evacuated scour the country west of Barnsley Creek as far as the Oostanaula for prisoneRead More
GENERAL: I am satisfied that if there be any force in front of you it is a division of Cheatham’s that said here last night. It should not escape. Garrard’s cavalry is now moving for the bridge across Etowah, with orders to hold it. Press down on that forRead More
GENERAL: One regiment of General Garrard s cavalry (One hundred and twenty-third Illinois Mounted Infantry) arrived at lii in. to-day at this place. The pontoons arrived about the same hour; hence I shall have two bridges in aRead More
GENERAL: Until we know exactly the course taken by Johnston from Kingston I cannot make orders more exact than those already existing. You are now on the plain, well-marked trail of the enemy. You will, early in the morning, renew the pursuit, following tRead More
GENERAL: We reached here at 6.30 p.m. found General Garrard here in accordance with instructions given him this morning. I inclose herewith his report, which will give you an idea of what his command has done to-day.* The report indicates that the enemy iRead More
GENERAL: Your communication directing me to return and cross the Oostanaula at Lay’s Ferry came to hand last evening about an hour before sunset. The enemy, variously estimated at 3,000 to 5,000, were moving forward to attack me. While reading the note thRead More
SIR: I have the honor to report that my command moved from camp on the Oostanaula at daylight this morning, passing rapidly through McGuire’s; thence down the Rome road to Hermitage; thence to Woodland, arriving at the latter place at 12 m. Near this placRead More
GENERAL: It is probable on reaching Adairsville in the early morning we will find the enemy has retreated via Cassville. If such be the case I want you to put your head of column after him as far as Cassville, when I will determine whether to continue theRead More
Railroad track finished and cars in. Columns are well across Oostanaula, and I will aim to reach Kingston to-morrow, and the Etowah on the third day. I take it for granted Rome will fall as a consequence.
W. T. SHERMAN,
GENERAL: I will attend General Thomas’ army to-morrow and hope to reach Adairsville. You had better mass your men a little in front of Calhoun, and when you know Thomas is advancing south of Calhoun keep abreast or a little ahead of him. I presume you areRead More
GENERAL: I am directed by the general commanding to say that General Davis was ordered to cross and operate with you, predicated upon information given him from your dispatch bearer, who stated positively that the Farmer’s Bridge was over the Oostanaula.Read More
GENERAL: Dispatch a good division down the old Rome road which passes down the west of the Oostanaula, four miles west of this to Farmer’s Bridge, which is eight miles north of Rome. There will be found General Garrard’s train of artillery which he will lRead More
GENERAL: I regret exceedingly you did not avail yourself of the chance I gave you to cut the railroad. At the time you reached the bridge, Martin’s cavalry was all that was on that flank, and they widely scattered. Forrest on the 6th was retreating beforeRead More
GENERAL: You will move your whole command down the valley toward Rome in one or two columns by Dirt Town or Dry Creek. If you can possibly cross Oostanaula make a strike for the railroad anywhere north of Kingston. Do this in your own way, but do it thoroRead More
GENERAL: As I wrote you last night I intended to cross the Oostanaula south by our left, but Schofield has swung round so far to the north or left that time will be lost. The pontoons will be in an hour or so at a point on Snake Creek its mouth, with CaptRead More
Commanding Cavalry Division, Villanow:
GENERAL: The indications are that the enemy is evacuating Dalton. If this should prove to be really the case, I desire you to push a strong column down forward Rome to threaten that flank. Hold your command in rea
May 12, 1864.
The object of the movement for to-morrow is to interpose between the enemy and Resaca, and to break his communications.
I. Major-General McPherson will move his column directly on Resaca occupying in force the hills on this side of Cam
Commanding Department of the Cumberland:
General Garrard has reported, and has been directed to remain at Villanow watching the road toward Rome and La Fayette until further orders.
JAS. B. McPHERSON,
Garrard at Villanow at 9 a. m. He is to report to you. Notify him of this fact, and notify me when he does so.Read More
GENERAL: The indications are that Johnston is evacuating Dalton. In that event Howard and the cavalry will pursue, and all the rest will follow your note. I will be down early in the morning. Try and strike him if possible about the forks of the road. HooRead More
GENERAL: I have the honor to acknowledge the receipt of your dispatches of 10 [.30] a. m. to-day. Brigadier-General Williams has reported his division at the west end of the gap, and I have directed him to leave one brigade there to guard the trains and tRead More
GENERAL: Inclosed I send you an order just received.* I send one brigade to-night, and will with the other to-morrow, and be at Villanow by 9 a. m. to-morrow. My wagons and artillery are just up. As I have a large force from my other brigade on the road tRead More
GENERAL: I have yours of last night and have talked to Captain Audenried. I regret beyond measure you did not break the railroad, however little, and close to Resaca, but I suppose it was impossible. We find in Buzzard Roost Gap an almost impassable obstaRead More
I am starting for the extreme front in Buzzard Roost Gap, and write this dispatch that you may understand. Johnston acts purely on the defensive. I am attacking him on his strongest fronts, viz, west and north, till McPherson breaks his line at Resaca, whRead More
GENERAL: By direction of the general commanding, you will please order Major-General Hooker to support General McPherson at Snake Creek Gap, directing your nest division to General Geary to watch the road Geary is occupying. The general directs me also toRead More
HEADQUARTERS ARMY OF THE OHIO, Numbers 1.
Harris’ House, May 10, 1864.
The commanding general desire to warn the officers of this command against any useless and wasteful expenditure of artillery ammunition, as on account of the limited transportati
GENERAL: I will move on to-day through Ship’s Gap. I have heard nothing from General McPherson, but know that his troops passed through Gordon’s and Ship’s Gaps. My artillery and wagons are not up. I should receive orders from General McPherson somewhereRead More
GENERAL: I shall attack Johnston through Snake Creek Gap. I will take your three infantry division along, but for the time will have to leave Stoneman to guard the point now occupied by you and to keep u a delusion as long as possible. I propose to leaveRead More
You will proceed without delay and report with your division to Major-General McPherson. The inclosed instructions for General Garrard to march with hid division from La Fayette to Villanow you will forward to him by a force sufficient to make their receiRead More
Remain at La Fayette until further orders. Patrol on to Villanow and down toward Rome. Get up your forage as soon as possible.
Very respectfully, your obedient servant,
JAS. B. McPHERSON,
GENERAL: General Dodge’s command moved up and skirmished with the enemy at Resaca this afternoon. While that was going on one company of mounted infantry, Lieutenant-Colonel Phillips’ regiment, succeeded in reaching the railroad near Tilton Station, but wRead More
GENERAL: The general commanding directs me to say to you that he has no instructions for to-day other than those agreed upon last night, except for you to cause to be extended signals to General McPherson, and to improve all possible means of watching theRead More
GENERAL: I inclose dispatch+ just received from Stevenson at Decatur. Roddey it seems has crossed the Tennessee River with about 5,000 men, estimated, and is endeavoring to cut our lines of communication. Gresham must be in the vicinity of Athens and PulaRead More
General Garrard had just arrived at La Fayette, with horses fatigued and short of forage, and wished to remain there until his forage train came up from Chattanooga.Read More
GENERAL; The major-general commanding the department directs that you improve all possible means of watching the effect on the enemy of McPherson’s movement through Snake Creek Gap until Garrard is up, which will be surely to-day. Should the latter road bRead More
GENERAL: Sweeny’s division, of Dodge’s command, has passed here for Snake Creek Gap, which I hope to have possession of this evening. Veatch is closed up on Sweeny; but divisions came through Ship’s Gap road. Osterhaus’ division is here, having come throuRead More
I have the honor to acknowledge the receipt of your two dispatches, per Captain Audenried, and will endeavor to carry out my part of the program faithfully. My troops will be up to this point to-night and will camp at the point designated to-morrow night.Read More
I will camp beyond the Tennessee River to-night; will camp near Chattanooga to-morrow night, and be in person in that place to report. I lost one day by rain and mud, having artillery with me and a forage train.Read More
SIR: The enemy still lies about Dalton, and from all appearances is on the defensive, guarding approaches mostly from the north and west. He occupies in some force the range of hills known as the Tunnel Hill. By to-morrow night our forces will be about asRead More
Dodge’s two divisions are coming in by the cars. Logan’s three divisions are closed up on Geary, who is crossing the mountain at Whiteside’s. I will send General Corse down to-morrow to meet General Garrard, and lead him across by Whiteside’s, the Coal MiRead More
Please say to General Sherman and General Thomas that we are just passing through Decherd, and will commence the ascent of the mountain to-night. Our artillery and forage train were delayed one day by the rains and mud. I will reach Stevenson in the shortRead More