HEADQUARTERS ARMY OF THE OHIO,
Near Atlanta, Ga., August 14, 1864.
Colonel ISRAEL GARRARD,
Commanding Cavalry Division, Army of the Ohio:
COLONEL: General Sherman is informed that a large body of the enemy’s cavalry is now north of the Chattahoochee, making a raid upon our rear, and he desires to take advantage of their absence to operate on the enemy’s flanks. General Kilpatrick’s will cross the river at Sandtown to-morrow, and operate on the enemy’s left, while General Garrard will operate upon the enemy’s right. You will please move close to Sandtown early to-morrow with your command, aid General Kilpatrick in crossing the river, and report to him for duty during the expedition. Until General Kilpatrick gets across the river, try to scout all the roads from the river to the right of our infantry. General Kilpatrick will have instructions from General Sherman for further operations.
Very respectfully, your obedient servant,
J. M. SCHOFIELD,
HDQRS. MILITARY DIVISION OF THE MISSISSIPPI,
In the Field, near Atlanta, August 14, 1864.
General Garrard will scout with his cavalry up Chattahoochee as far as Roswell and McAfee’s. If small parties of cavalry approach Marietta, you should ambuscade them with infantry. It has a better effect than to run them down by cavalry.
W. T. SHERMAN,