NEAR EAST POINT, Georgia, August 26, 1864: 6:45 p.m.
Major General H. W. HALLECK, Washington, D. C.:
I have moved the Twentieth Corps to the Chattahoochee bridge, where it is intrenched, and with the balance of the army am moving for Jonesborough on the Macon road. Last night we made the first move without trouble; tonight I make the second, and the third will place the army massed near Fairburn. If Hood attacks he must come out, which is all we ask. All well thus far.
W. T. SHERMAN, Major-General
The Twentieth Corps left their trenches without molestation. Their new position along the Chattahoochee is being further fortified with abates to make it near impregnable. Once the troops were in place, the enemy felt their new position and attacked with skirmishers. General Slocum has arrived and will assume command of the corps tomorrow.
The signal corp reports no change in the enemy position:
Lieutenant Fish, of this detachment, was on the station at 7.30 a. m. and reports the following:
The enemy could be seen, gathered in groups, looking intently toward our late lines. At 10.15 a. m. a train of five freight-cars left Atlanta; they appeared to be loaded. At 11 a. m. a few straggling rebels could be seen rambling about the works lately held by the Twentieth Army Corps. These stragglers picked up a few of our men that straggled behind, probably from the Fourth Army Corps, as a portion of that corps were in that vicinity. At 11.30 a. m. a locomotive left Atlanta alone. At 1 p. m. I discovered a column of infantry moving toward the enemy’s left. I did not see the head of column; counted five stand of colors; a portion of the column was mounted infantry, about 300. At 3.15 p. m. a train of twelve box-cars, all empty, arrived in Atlanta. At 4.15 p. m. a train of three passenger and four freight cars arrived in Atlanta with a few passengers aboard. At 5.45 p. m. a train of fifteen freight-cars, a portion of which were cattle-cars, arrived in Atlanta; there were a few men in each car. At 6 p. m. a train of seventeen freight-cars, loaded with what few men in each car. At 6 p. m. a train of seventeenth freight-cars, loaded with what appeared to be army stores, left town; immediately following this freight train was a train of six passenger and two baggage cars, with two extra locomotives attached.
Lieutenant Weirick, of this detachment, reports the following:
All quiet and unchanged, with the exception of rebel skirmishers, who kept up a constant fire at our skirmishers on main lines of Fifteenth Army Corps. At 6 p. m. communicated movements to our right and front.
Captain Raum Reports on a new measure to protect our rear from cavalry raid:
I have directed Colonel Hall to survey a route for a road as near as possible along the railroad between Calhoun and Adairsville, crossing the Oothkaloga Cree railroad bridges. If this route proves practicable I propose opening a wagon road, and throwing two bridges across that creek, and then obstruct all fords on the creek east of the railroad. I have also directed him to erect a stockade for the accommodation of forty men at a point half way between the two block-houses, to which point roads converge from the country.
The enemy cavalry has been raiding our rear without much success. I had the engineers build octagonal block houses that can be defended by a few men and are difficult to assault. These protect the bridges. Cavalry can tear up track but it is easily repaired. Wheeler in in East Tennessee and we are trying to keep him boxed in there.
Here, in front of Atlanta, our second move to cut of Atlanta will be made tonight as the troops on the left of the line leave their positions and quietly move to the right: