In the Field, Red Oak, Georgia, West of Atlanta
We had a good day wrecking the railroad to Montgomery. We wrecked it as close to East Point as we could go before encountering enemy forifications. It can not be of use to supply Atlanta for a long time.
Tomorrow, Howard starts for Jonesboro and Thomas will start for Macon road further north Schofield will move tomorrow and occupy the position now held by Davis and Stanley. Schofield will screen our movement from the enemy. All roads leading toward East Point should be held by Garrard’s cavalry in strong force, as soon as abandoned by the infantry, and as far forward as practicable. We have accomplished this with little loss of men. The enemy has sent cavalry to scout but they have not contested us.
I worry about Slocum at the bridge. He has gone to Marietta to inspect the defenses there and returns to the bridge tomorrow. The enemy may leave Atlanta when we cut the road. I want Slocum to destroy some of their artillery and ammunition if possible.