In the Field, Mount Gilead, August 28, 1864.
Major-General SHERMAN,
Commanding Military Division of the Mississippi:
GENERAL: I occupy the works vacated by General Stanley, with my left resting at Mrs. Holbrook’s. The enemy made a demonstration upon Cox’s right about noon, but got back into his works as quickly as possible upon finding that we were in force. We then withdrew without annoyance. General Garrard is on my left, keeping pace with me and covering the trains. If I do not hear from you before morning, I will move out early on the road taken by Wood this evening until I connect substantially with General Thomas (preserving a front toward East Point) or until I receive your orders. My movement will have to be governed somewhat by the trains, for these is still a vast past of them in this valley.
Very respectfully,

In the Field, Red Oak, Ga., August 28, 1864-6.45 p. m.
Major-General SCHOFIELD,
Commanding, &c.:
GENERAL: You had better move your trains by the middle road of the three in front of Mount Gilead Church. It will come out at Red Oak where there are cleared fields on corn – this is the same by which General Thomas moved his trains, and they report it very good. Move your troops by Redwine’s across Camp Creek to Oliver’s house, and thence to General Stanley’s left, about a mile from Oliver’s house, leaving a strong left flank near the Oliver house. Instruct General Garrard to feel eastward from the Oliver house and to reconnoiter well to the east and north, reaching, if possible, the point marked on our map as Trimble’s Mill.
Major-General, Commanding.

In the Field, Ga., August 28, 1864.
Brigadier-General GARRARD,
Commanding Cavalry Division, Army of the Cumberland:
GENERAL: I send you a map showing my present position, and from which you can see what my probably movement till be to-morrow. General Thomas is now on the railroad about Red Oak, and General Howard has crossed it, between Red Oak and Fairburn. To-morrow I shall probably move to or near the railroad via Mims’ and Trimbel’s. With the aid of Colonel Garrard you will, I think, be able to keep up connection with my left, and cover all roads on which army trains are moving. This being the object, it does not matter about preserving your line so far advanced as it is now. As fast as you have to gain ground to the right to keep pace with my movement, and the trains get out of your way, you can draw back your line until it rests along Camp Creek instead of Utoy. I would like, however, to have the Sandtown road covered during to-morrow if practicable, on account of some forage trains which I hope will arrive by that route. Please arrange with Colonel Garrard as to the position of the line which he shall hold. The cavalry ought to be pretty strong immediately on my left. If anything occurs to modify the proposed movement for to-morrow, I will inform you in the morning.
Very respectfully, your obedient servant,
Major-General, Commanding.