Brigadier General J. KILPATRICK,
Commanding Third Cavalry Division:
(Care of Major-General Hooker.)
GENERAL; The major-general commanding the department directs that you improve all possible means of watching the effect on the enemy of McPherson’s movement through Snake Creek Gap until Garrard is up, which will be surely to-day. Should the latter road be crowded by McPherson’s troops, scout the road between Villanow and Ray’s Mill.
Very respectfully, your obedient servant,
Brigadier-General and Chief of Staff.

HEADQUARTERS THIRD CAVALRY DIVISION, Snake Creek Gap, May 9, 1864-3 p. m.
Major-General HOOKER,
Commanding Twentieth Army Creek:
GENERAL; Major-General McPherson has passed through the gap; his advance is near the railroad. My cavalry should, I think, pass through the gap to protect his flanks. I can hear nothing of General Garrard. My scouts report the valley as low down as Ray’s Mill, a distance of some seventeen miles, full of the enemy. I cannot learn that any force whatever is on this side of the mountain.
Very respectfully, your obedient servant,
Brigadier-General, Commanding.
HEADQUARTERS THIRD CAVALRY DIVISION, Villanow, May 9, 1864-8.30 p. m.
Brigadier-General ELLIOTT,
Chief of Cavalry:
GENERAL; Captain Stansburry, of my staff, has just returned from Sugar Valley Post-Office. Two divisions of General McPherson’s corps occupy the country from that point to the gap this side. General McPherson, with the other three division of Resaca. At 6 p. m. his advance had reached a point about one mile from the railroad. Considerable firing of infantry and artillery had been heard for an hour. The rebel General Martin, with a brigade of brigade of cavalry, was operating on the right of General Smith’s position, and the right and rear of General McPherson’s advance. Individual scouts and scouting parties from my command have returned from points eight and ten miles down the valley this side the ridge in direction of Rome, and find no traces of the enemy. A large train of wagons belonging to General McPherson’s command have just arrived from Ship’s Gap and gone into park just at the entrance of Snake Creek Gap; they are guarded by a brigade of infantry and a battery of artillery. General Garrard is still at La Fayette. My command is in good condition, fully supplied with rations, forage, and ammunition, and is ready and anxious for an order to strike the enemy.
Very respectfully, your obedient servant,
Brigadier-General of Volunteers, Commanding Division.
Read and respectfully forwarded by request of General Kilpatrick.