Tuesday, September 6, 1864

IN THE FIELD, Near Jonesborough, Ga., September 6, 1864: 3 p.m.

Lieutenant General U. S. GRANT, City Point, Va.:
I have your dispatch and will announce it to the troops in general orders. We are gradually falling back to Atlanta, feeding high on the corn-fields of the Confederacy. I will be in Atlanta in a day or two and will communicate fully with you. I always felt that you would personally take more pleasure in my success than in your own, and I appreciate the feeling to its fullest extent.
W. T. SHERMAN, Major-General.

IN THE FIELD, Near Jonesborough, Ga., September 6, 1864: 3 p.m.
Honorable E. M. STANTON, Secretary of War:
I have just received your telegram,* and shall announce it to the whole army, preceded by the expression, “The general commanding announced to the army with pride and satisfaction,” and followed by “All corps, regiments, and batteries may, without further notice, inscribe, `Atlanta’ on their colors.”

We are moving back to Atlanta slowly, making a good use of the corn-fields, which our animals needed, and to prevent a boast of the enemy that we were in a hurry. I have burned a good deal of cotton, but will save enough to pay the expenses of the salute.

The officers named in your dispatch of the 5th will be ordered to report to the Governor of Indiana, for special duty, as soon as I return to Atlanta, which will be in a day or two, unless the enemy shows fight, which I am willing to accept on his own terms, if he will come outside of his cursed rifle trenches.
W.T. SHERMAN, Major-General

I Write Howard:
General Thomas had given orders to move out at 7 a.m. I would prefer we should not leave too early, as the enemy would crow over it. I wish you would modify your orders, and assure yourself that the enemy has no heavy force of infantry at Jonesborough, before you leave his old trenches; 7 o’clock will be early enough; you only have seven miles to make tomorrow.

News from General Gillem of Schofield’s cavalry near Greenville, Tennessee:

I surprised, defeated, and killed John Morgan at Greenville this morning. The killed are scattered for miles, and have not yet been counted; probably number from 50 to 100; prisoners 70, among them Morgan’s staff. Captured 1 piece artillery and caisson. The enemy’s force outnumbered mine, but the surprise was complete.

John Morgan, led the raid into southern Ohio and Indiana last year. Good that we are rid of him. We will try to trap Wheeler in the mountains of East Tennessee.

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