Wednesday, June 29, 1864

Near Kenesaw, Georgia

HDQRS. MILITARY DIVISION OF THE MISSISSIPPI, 
In the Field, near Kenesaw, June 29, 1864
General THOMAS:

See the New York Herald of the 23d. A correspondent has published the fact that we read the enemy’s signals. If you request it, I will have him imprisoned and delivered to you for trial. I infer he is about some of the headquarters of the Fifteenth Corps.

W. T. SHERMAN, Major- General, Commanding


HEADQUARTERS DEPARTMENT OF THE CUMBERLAND, 
In the Field, near Kenesaw Mountain, Ga., June 29, 1864
Major General W. T. SHERMAN, Commanding Military Division of the Mississippi:

Inclosed herewith I have the honor to send you a copy of the New York Herald, of the 23rd instant, which contains a dispatch headed “Sherman,” written, or pretended to be written by DeB. Randolph Keim, and which reveals the very important fact that we are in possessing of the secret of the enemy’s signals. I have considered the possession of this knowledge as of the very highest consequence to us, and have used every precaution to prevent its being known to the rebels. Keim is not harbored in the army of the Cumberland, and I know not where he is. I forward this for such action as you may deem proper in the premises, but am of the opinion that Keim should at once be executed as a spy.

I am, general, very respectfully, your obedient servant,
GEO. H. THOMAS, Major- General, Commanding

It appearing from a publication in the New York Herald, of the 23rd instant, under the head of De b. Randolph Keim, that the important secret that we could interpret the rebel signals was revealed, he will be arrested and delivered to Major-General Thomas for trial as a spy.

W. T. SHERMAN, Major- General


HDQRS. MILITARY DIVISION OF THE MISSISSIPPI, 
In the Field, near Kenesaw, June 29, 1864
General McPHERSON:

Arrest one DeB. Randolph Keim, who is said to be within the limits of your army in the field, and have him delivered to General Thomas to be tried as a spy. Let this be done at once, for publishing in a New York paper the important fact that our signal officers can interpret the signals of the enemy.

W. T. SHERMAN, Major- General, Commanding

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