Monday, November 7, 1864

HDQRS. MILITARY DIVISION OF THE MISSISSIPPI, In the Field, Kingston, Ga., November 7, 1864
Captain O. M. POE, Atlanta, Ga.:
I want you to take special charge of the destruction in Atlanta of all depots, car-houses, shops, factories, foundries, &c., being careful to knock down all furnace chimneys, and break down their arches; fire will do most of the work. Call on General Slocum for details and be all ready by the 10th. Beauregard still lingers about Florence, afraid to invade Tennessee, and I think slightly disgusted because Sherman did not follow him on his fool’s errand.
W.T. SHERMAN, Major-General

HDQRS. MILITARY DIVISION OF THE MISSISSIPPI,
In the Field, Kingston, Ga., November 7, 1864.
Major-General SLOCUM, Atlanta, Ga.:
All houses used for storage along the railroad will be destroyed.
W.T. SHERMAN, Major-General

KINGSTON, GA., November 7, 1864. 6 p.m.
Lieutenant-General GRANT:
By the 10th the election will be over, the troops all paid, and all our surplus property will be back to Chattanooga. On that day, or the following, if affairs should remain as now in Tennessee, I propose to begin the movement which I have hitherto fully described. I can hear of no large force to our front, and, according to Thomas, Hood remains about Tuscumbia, and he feels perfectly confident of his ability to take care of him. You can safely communicate with me for the next three days.
W. T. SHERMAN, Major-General

CITY POINT, VA., November 7, 1864. 10:30 p. m.
Major-General SHERMAN:
Your dispatch of this evening received. I see no present reason for changing your plan; should any arise you will see it; or if I do, will inform you. I think everything here favorable now. Great good fortune attend you. I believe you will be eminently successful, and at worst can only make a march less fruitful of results than is hoped for.
U. S. GRANT, Lieutenant-General

GENERAL ORDERS,
WAR DEPT., ADJT. GENERAL’S OFFICE, Numbers 277.
Washington, November 7, 1864
I. By direction of the President, all troops on the east bank of the Mississippi River are detached from their several department and corps commands, and will report to Major-General Canby, or to such commander as he may direct.
II. The Sixteenth Army Corps, as a corps organization, is hereby abolished.
III. Brevet Major-General Emory is appointed to the command of the Nineteenth Army Corps, headquarters with the army of General Sheridan, in the field. All detachments of organizations of this corps serving with General Emory, left in the Department of the Gulf, will be sent to the headquarters of the corps, via Washington.
IV. The organization known as the Nineteenth Corps, in the Military Division of West Mississippi, is abolished, and the troops composing it will be organized as Major-General Canby may direct.
By order of the Secretary of War:
E. D. TOWNSEND, Assistant Adjutant-General.

KINGSTON, GA., November 7, 1864. 8:30 p.m.
Colonel E. D. TOWNSEND, Assistant Adjutant-General:
Dispatch of today received. Disposition of troops on the Mississippi very satisfactory to me. The two Divisions of the Sixteenth Corps, under General A. J. Smith, will be construed as belonging to the Army of the Tennessee, and can be attached to the Fifteenth and Seventeenth Corps. These two Divisions are now en route from Saint Louis for the Tennessee River, and are designed to play an important part in General Thomas’ operations from Nashville. All well on this line, and things working smoothly.
W. T. SHERMAN, Major-General

HDQRS. MILITARY DIVISION OF THE MISSISSIPPI,
In the Field, Kingston, Ga., November 7, 1864.
Major-General CANBY, New Orleans:
Beauregard has left Georgia altogether and shifted across to the neighborhood of Florence, Alabama, threatening to invade Tennessee. We are all ready for him there and I have still an army with which to go on. If you hear I have destroyed Atlanta, and marched south, be prepared with boats to send me supplies from Pontchartrain and have the navy to look out for my fires and rocket signals along the east shore of Mobile Bay as high up as old Blakely.
W. T. SHERMAN, Major-General.

HDQRS. MILITARY DIVISION OF THE MISSISSIPPI, In the Field, Kingston, Ga., November 7, 1864.
Colonel BECKWITH, Atlanta, Ga.:
The general says the troops will march on the 10th, but to Atlanta will be about three days, and therefore you had better arrange to ration them somewhere on the road to include the 15th, by supplying from Chattanooga or Atlanta according as you have supplies. Confer with General Easton and say the same to him; as to forage arrange with him the transportation, and if you have the subsistence and forage to spare from the store in Atlanta you may send from there and destroy some number of car-loads of the worthless trash to go to the rear. If you have not this supply in Atlanta then bring at once from Chattanooga. It is desirable to save the mules the hauling in order to have them the better when the move is made. General Davis has rations to include the 10th.
L. M. DAYTON, Aide-de-Camp

HDQRS. MILITARY DIVISION OF THE MISSISSIPPI,
In the Field, Kingston, Ga., November 7, 1864.
Major-General SLOCUM, Atlanta, Ga.:
Did you break up railroad about Lithonia as directed in my dispatch of some days since? Report to me if all things are now ready with you.
W. T. SHERMAN, Major-General

HEADQUARTERS TWENTIETH CORPS, Atlanta, Ga., November 7, 1864. 11 a.m.
Major General W. T. SHERMAN, Kingston:
I have positive information that the railroad for three miles beyond Lithonia has been taken up by the enemy. I am all ready.
W. SLOCUM, Major-General

HDQRS. MILITARY DIVISION OF THE MISSISSIPPI, In the Field, Kingston, Ga., November 7, 1864.
General SLOCUM,
Atlanta, Ga.:
I will intrust the destruction of buildings, shops, depots, &c., to Captain Poe. He has one regiment at his disposal, and I wish you to furnish any other details he may call for. I think we will be all ready by the 10th. All well in Tennessee.
W. T. SHERMAN, Major-General

HDQRS. MILITARY DIVISION OF THE MISSISSIPPI, In the Field, Kingston, Ga., November 7, 1864.
General RAUM, Resaca, Ga.:
Collect all the detachments belonging to General J. E. Smith’s DIVISION and march them to Cartersville.
W. T. SHERMAN, Major-General

HDQRS. MILITARY DIVISION OF THE MISSISSIPPI, In the Field, Kingston, Ga., November 7, 1864
Brigadier-General CORSE, Rome, Ga.:
The 10th is as early as I expect to commence the movement. The Army of the Tennessee is being paid off. Send with your foraging party to Texas Valley tomorrow at least a brigade, and let them feel out to the gap. Stay there tomorrow night and come in next morning. I want it to produce a certain effect. Ask Colonel Spencer if he could get about a dozen bold men, soldiers or citizens, either for pay or for adventure, to start south from Rome and break up the telegraph wire between Montgomery and Columbus, and then overtake us somewhere about Macon.
W. T. SHERMAN, Major-General

HDQRS. MILITARY DIVISION OF THE MISSISSIPPI, In the Field, Kingston, Ga., November 7, 1864.
Brigadier-General CORSE, Rome, Ga.:
You will find forage plenty in Texas Valley, and will have time to get it. We hear of no battle as yet in Tennessee. Hood does not attack, but is fortifying at Florence and working over to Corinth.
L. M. DAYTON, Aide-de-Camp

HDQRS. MILITARY DIVISION OF THE MISSISSIPPI, In the Field, Kingston, Ga., November 7, 1864.
Brigadier-General CORSE, Rome, Ga.:
I telegraphed you this morning, and again the general this afternoon, about your forage matter, and you must have received both, and will therefore be fully advised. I judge you will have cars to get off your Government property, but won’t answer for cotton. No news.
L. M. DAYTON, Aide-de-Camp.

KINGSTON, November 7, 1864. 10 a.m.
Major-General THOMAS:
Dispatch of 12:30 p.m. yesterday received. General Schofield is entitled to the command by virtue of a recent decision of the War Department. I would advise you to add to those corps new regiments until they number 25,000 men each. If Beauregard advances from Corinth it will be better for you to command in person. Your presence alone will give confidence. Granger should continue all the time to threaten the rear, and as soon as possible some demonstration should be made from the direction of Vicksburg against the Mobile and Ohio Railroad. Also I want you to assume the offensive as quick as possible, as I have reason to believe all of Beauregard’s army is not there, but that he has also divided his forces.
W. T. SHERMAN, Major-General

NASHVILLE, TENN., November 7, 1864. 4 p.m.
Major General W. T. SHERMAN, Kingston:
Your dispatch of 10 a. m. this day just received. It is and has always been my intention to command the troops with me in person. My object in giving the preference to General Schofield was merely that he should exercise command should accidental circumstances prevent my presence. I shall fill up the two corps of Schofield’s and Stanley’s to the number suggested by you, which was also my intention, as fast as I get the troops to do so, and just as soon as I get a sufficient cavalry force to warrant. I will not be slow, I assure you, to assume the offensive against the enemy. General Croxton’s report of this morning confirms the statement of yesterday that the enemy had fallen back beyond Shoal Creek, and appearances all indicate that he will not attempt any offensive movements just yet. Major General A. J. Smith reports from Saint Louis that three regiments and one battery, about 2,500 men, had embarked at that point, and would reach Paducah by the evening of the 8th. The other troops would follow as rapidly as possible.
GEO. H. THOMAS, Major-General, U. S. Volunteers

KINGSTON, GA., November 7, 1864-6. 30 p. m.
Major-General THOMAS:
Your dispatch of today just received. All right. I think Beauregard is checkmated. I will be all ready by the 10th instant. Will give you more positive notice in a day or two. I am glad General A. J. Smith is heard from. All men belonging to his two Divisions that are not in hospital you will order in my name from Memphis. I would like to know, if possible, if Hood’s whole army is at Tuscumbia or has gone toward Corinth.
W. T. SHERMAN, Major-General

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