Thursday Evening, May 26, 1864

Near Dallas, Georgia

In the Field, near Dallas, Ga., May 26, 1864.

I. Tomorrow morning early all the batteries of Generals Hooker’s, Howard’s, and Schofield’s corps which can be put in position will open on the works of the enemy and will keep up a persistent fire until 9 a.m., when they will cease firing unless a proper object presents itself.

II. General Thomas will at 10 a.m. is to wheel General Howard’s corps to the right, advancing the left to the south, on the east side of the cleared valley in our front, to the commanding promontory which commands the Marietta road. General Cox will move the two divisions of the Twenty-third Corps under his command in close support of General Howard’s left. General Hooker will if possible carry some one or more points of the enemy’s works to his immediate front. All the army will be held ready to follow up the advantages gained by this movement.

III. General McPherson will make a junction with General Davis at or near Dallas and will then move straight toward the enemy at New Hope Church, and make connection with General Hooker’s right.
IV. The general commanding will during the movement be at or near General Hooker’s position and wishes reports sent promptly to him of the fulfillment of the several parts of the plan.

By order of Major General W. T. Sherman:
L. M. DAYTON, Aide-de-Camp

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