Friday, June 10, 1864

ACWORTH, Georgia, June 10, 1864

Major-General HALLECK, Washington, D. C.:

Our cavalry yesterday developed the position of the enemy in a line along the hills from Kenesaw to Lost Mountain. We are now marching by three roads, all toward Kenesaw, and shall feel the position in force today, prepared to attack or turn it tomorrow.

All well.
W. T. SHERMAN, Major-General

I wrote the cavalry:

HDQRS. MILITARY DIVISION OF THE MISSISSIPPI, 
In the Field, Big Shanty, June 10, 1864

General GARRARD, Commanding Division of Cavalry:

The enemy has detached largely from his cavalry, some of which is now up at Calhoun, far to our rear. Surely if this cavalry can make such marches ours should do something. I wish you to move out on the Roswell Factory road until you pass Brush Mountain, and the turn south and threaten, if not attack, the railroad between Marietta and the Chattahoochee. We will press in front.

Yours, &c.,
W. T. SHERMAN, Major-General, Commanding

I telegraphed Rome:

HDQRS. MILITARY DIVISION OF THE MISSISSIPPI, 
In the Field, Big Shanty, Ga., June 10, 1864
General VANDEVER, Rome, Georgia:

If the interruption of the road at Calhoun continues, send a messenger on the west of the Oostenaula to Resaca and thence order down from Chattanooga two or three regiments of infantry to come to Resaca and march down and clear the road.

W. T. SHERMAN, Major-General, Commanding

General Schofield sent a new sketch of the enemy’s location. He is still trying the feel their strength. I have given orders for commanding our new rear supply area.

SPECIAL FIELD ORDERS, 
HDQRS. MIL. DIV. OF THE MISS., Numbers 22.

In the Field, Big Shanty, Ga., June 10, 1864

I. The country from Bridgeport to Allatoona, including Cleveland, Rome, and the country east as far as controlled by our troops, will be styled the “District of the Etowah,” and will be under the general supervision and command of Major-General Steedman or the senior officer who may succeeded to the command.

II. The officer commanding the district will frequently in person or by an inspector-general visit all parts of his district and be held responsible that telegraph and railroad communication are kept up and made secure to the army in front. To this end, besides arranging the garrisons at the different points, he will have a force in reserve ready to repair to any threatened point.

III. The several commands and detachments now garrisoning the district will continue to belong to the armies from which they were detached, and will make their returns accordingly, but the commanding officer of the district may call for such field reports as may be necessary for him to understand the strength and condition of the command. The strength of the detachments will not be diminished without the consent of the district commander, or an order from these headquarters.

IV. Should a necessity arise to insure the safety of our communications, the commander of the district may detain for a few days troops in transit, reporting promptly to these headquarters the facts and reasons therefore.

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

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