PART III. - VOL. XXXIX.
CORRESPONDENCE, ORDERS, AND RETURNS RELATING TO OPERATIONS IN Kentucky, SOUTHWEST VIRGINIA, TENNESSEE, MISSISSIPPI, ALABAMA, AND NORTH Georgia (THE ATLANTA CAMPAIGN EXCEPTED), FROM OCTOBER 1, 1864, TO NOVEMBER 13, 1864*.
UNION CORRESPONDENCE, ETC.
ATLANTA, October 1, 1864- 1 p. m.
(Received 7 p. m.)
Lieutenant-General GRANT, City Point:
Hood is evidently on the WEST side of Chattahoochee below Sweet Water. If he tries to get on my road this side of the Etowah I shall attack him, but if he goes over to the Selma and Talladega road why would it not do for me to leave Tennessee to the force which Thomas has and the reserves soon to come to Nashville, and for me to destroy Atlanta, and them march across Georgia to Savannah or Charleston, breaking roads and doing irreparable damage? We cannot remain on the defensive.
W. T. SHERMAN,
HDQRS. MILITARY DIVISION OF THE MISSISSIPPI,
In the Field, Atlanta, Ga., October 1, 1864.
General J. D. WEBSTER, Nashville:
If enough horses cannot be obtained by purchase they should be impressed. It is plain the either Forrest or we must take the horses of the country. General Thomas is known full command of all the troops operating against Forrest, and I want you to help him by making any orders he may ask. If Forrest be prevented getting supplies, he cannot stay long north of the Tennessee.
W. T. SHERMAN,
HDQRS. CHIEF OF CAVALRY, DEPT. OF THE CUMBERLAND,
Atlanta, Ga., October 1, 1864.
Captain L. M. DAYTON,
Aide-de-Camp, Hdqrs. Military DIVISION of the Mississippi:
CAPTAIN: If if can be done by Major-General Howard I request that his cavalry relieve the 100 men of General Kilpatrick's DIVISION left at Patterson's Cross-Roads. General K. 's DIVISION is so mall that it should, if possible, be concentrated, to enable him to guard the line of
* For Correspondence, etc., from May 1, 1864, to September 30, 1864, see Part. II.