RINGGOLD, Georgia, May 7, 1864; 5 p.m.
Major General H. W. HALLECK, Washington, D. C.:
Thomas is at Tunnel Hill. Enemy at Buzzard Roost Gap. McPherson is moving toward Villanow and Resaca. Skirmishing, but no real fighting yet.
W. T. SHERMAN, Major-General
I ordered my commanders:
HDQRS. MILITARY DIVISION OF THE MISSISSIPPI, In the Field, Tunnel Hill, Ga., May 7, 1864.
Memorandum of movements for the 8th of May, 1864:
General Thomas to threaten the Buzzard Roost Pass; to occupy in force the Tunnel Hill Ridge, the roads leading from Buzzard Roost toward Trickum and Catoosa; also to keep up communication with Villanow; the treats on Buzzard Roost not to lead to battle unless the enemy comes out of his works; to get, if possible, a small force on Rocky Face Ridge. General Schofield to occupy the gap at Lee’s and Varnell’s, and to feel from Lee’s along down Rocky Face to the enemy’s signal station if possible. General McPherson to move through Villanow and occupy Snake Creek Gap to its strongest point, and to get up his (Garrard’s) cavalry, if possible, for the next day’s work. If the enemy leave Buzzard Roost Gap General Thomas will follow direct, and General Schofield through Lee’s Gap, toward Dalton, on the east side of Rocky Face Ridge, viz, by Crow’s Valley.
W. T. SHERMAN, Major-General, Commanding
I have reconnoitered the enemy position from Tunnel Hill. We will occupy Johnston in front tomorrow in hope that McPherson can attack his communications without notice.