HDQRS. CHIEF OF CAVALRY, DEPT. OF THE CUMBERLAND, Near Atlanta, Ga., August 8, 1864-11.30 p.m.
Brigadier General J. KILPATRICK, Commanding Third Cavalry Division:
The enemy’s cavalry on the south side of the Chattahoochee threatens General Schofield’s right flank on or near the Sandtown and Atlanta road. The general commanding directs that you make a demonstration opposite to and below Sandtown as if you intended to cross the river. Make the greatest show a force by counter marching command. Let this be done at an early hour but without harassing your animals more than is necessary.
I am, general, very respectfully, your obedient servant,
Lieutenant and Acting Assistant Adjutant-General.