HEADQUARTERS FOURTH ARMY CORPS, August 20, 1864.
Brigadier General W. D. WHIPPLE,
Chief of Staff:
GENERAL: The inclosed papers,* taken from a rebel scout killed near Decatur by Colonel Miller’s command this morning, show Hood is anxious to know the exact location of the left. Whether for curiosity, or because he thinks of an enterprise, it is hard to tell.
Your obedient servant,
D. S. STANLEY,
HEADQUARTERS FOURTH ARMY CORPS, Near Atlanta, Ga., August 20, 1864-10.30 a. m.
Commanding Second Cavalry Division:
The general commanding desires me to inform you that he made a demonstration upon the enemy’s right at daylight this morning. He struck the rebel cavalry and the right of the rebel infantry line and took 8 infantrymen prisoners. They belonged to Strahl’s brigade. From them it was learned that Ferguson’s cavalry brigade left the right of the rebel line at daylight yesterday morning to move after Kilpatrick, and that the only cavalry now left there are new Georgia troops. This cavalry run at almost an easy matter for Millers’ brigade to strike and disperse this force.
Very respectfully, your obedient servant,
J. S. FULLERTON,
HEADQUARTERS SECOND CAVALRY DIVISION, August 20, 1864 . (Received 1 p .m.)
GENERAL; My brigade has just returned from Decatur. They drove in the pickets, &c., yesterday and also this morning, and were skirmishing at the same time with your troops. They could not draw the enemy far from their works. A few men of the enemy were killed and a few captured. On one were found the inclosed papers,* which may interest you.
Brigadier General Kenner Garrard,
HEADQUARTERS FOURTEENTH ARMY CORPS, Near East Point, August 20, 1864.
[General W. D. WHIPPLE:]
GENERAL: Four brigades of my command were withdrawn from my line to-day and sent to the right to act with the Twenty-third Corps. Two of these brigades, under Morgan, were sent down in the direction of Red Oak, striking the West Point railroad about half a mile north of Red Oak, destroying about 200 yards of it, and returned. General Morgan captured about 20 prisoners. More of the railroad would have been destroyed, but the command was ordered in by General Schofield. Morgan marched about twenty miles to-day.
Respectfully, your obedient servant,
R. W. JOHNSON,