Saturday, November 12, 1864

Headquarters, Military Division of the Mississippi, In the Field Kingston, Georgia

Mrs. W. T. Sherman Lancaster, Ohio
We start today. My arm is quite well. The box of clothing came last night. I have all your letters too including November 3. Write no more till you hear of me.
Good bye.
W.T. Sherman

HDQRS. MILITARY DIVISION OF THE MISSISSIPPI, In the Field, Kingston, Ga., November 12, 1864
Major-General STEEDMAN, Chattanooga:
I start this morning. All the trains are here and will be dispatched north. As soon as the last one has passed Adairsville draw in the garrisons and begin the work prescribed in orders 115. Telegraph me tonight at Allatoona all information, and keep General Thomas well advised of your actions.
W.T. SHERMAN, Major-General, Commanding

General HOWARD, Smyrna:
I start this morning. As soon as all the trains have passed north you may begin the work on the railroad. I want your army across the Chattahoochee on the third day. J. E. Smith and Corse are marching today. Davis will leave here in a few hours.
W. T. SHERMAN, Major-General, Commanding

General KILPATRICK, Marietta:
Be all ready to start tomorrow. I will be at Marietta to give instructions.
W. T. SHERMAN, Major-General

Major-General THOMAS, Nashville:
The trains are well up and I will start this morning. Telegraph me at Allatoona tonight.
W. T. SHERMAN, Major-General

Thomas Writes from Nashville:

Your dispatch of twelve o’clock last night is received. I have no fears that Beauregard can do us any harm now, and, if he attempts to follow you, I will follow him as far as possible. If he does not follow you, I will then thoroughly organize my troops, and believe I shall have men enough to ruin him unless he gets out of the way very rapidly.

The country of Middle Alabama, I learn, is teeming with supplies this year, which will be greatly to our advantage. I have no additional news to report from the direction of Florence. I am now convinced that the greater part of Beauregard’s army is near Florence and Tuscumbia, and that you will have at least a clear road before you for several days, and that your success will fully equal your expectations.

AND:

The following telegram just received from General Hatch and forwarded for your information:

TAYLOR’S SPRINGS, November 11, 1864. 4:30 p.m.
Wishing to ascertain if the enemy were in force on opposite bank of Shoal Creek I attacked the enemy this morning at five points on three roads, driving the enemy’s cavalry and infantry pickets into their infantry camps. Learned the enemy is still in force on this side of the river on the Waynesborough and Florence road, pushing the enemy as far south as Wilson’s Cross-Roads. Shoal Creek remains high; we crossed our men with great difficulty. I cannot learn that the enemy’s pontoons have been carried away by high water. Think it probable.
Very truly, your obedient servant,
EDWARD HATCH,Brigadier-General.

Will telegraph any further news I may have tonight.
GEO. H. THOMAS, Major-General, U. S. Volunteers, Commanding

This was the last dispatch from Thomas:

HEADQUARTERS DEPARTMENT OF THE CUMBERLAND,
Nashville, November 12, 1864 9 p.m.
Major-General SHERMAN, Allatoona, Ga.:
I have received no further news from Florence than that telegraphed you this morning. Duke and Vaughn are again moving against Gillem at Bull’s Gap and he has called on General Ammen for re- enforcement. The Cincinnati papers contain your programme of operations in Georgia, extracted from the New York Times of the 10th, which was sent that paper by its special correspondent in Washington.
GEO. H. THOMAS. HDQRS. MILITARY DIVISION OF THE MISSISSIPPI,

In the Field, Cartersville, November 12, 1864.
Major-General THOMAS, Nashville:
Dispatch received. All right.
W.T. SHERMAN, Major-General

The telegraph to the north is broken. No further messages can be sent or received.

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