HDQRS. MILITARY DIVISION OF THE MISSISSIPPI,
Near Resaca, May 14, 18643-8 a. m.
Commanding Division of Cavalry:
GENERAL: You will move your whole command down the valley toward Rome in one or two columns by Dirt Town or Dry Creek. If you can possibly cross Oostanaula make a strike for the railroad anywhere north of Kingston. Do this in your own way, but do it thoroughly and well. I will commence crossing McPherson about Lay’s Ferry near the mouth of Snake Creek to-day; he will move on the Rome road; communicate with him but do not wait for him. If it be impossible to cross the Oostanaula with even a raiding force, then threaten Rome, and the Coosa below Rome, that the enemy may not receive provisions, forage, or re-enforcements from that direction. Make your own arrangements as to wagons and artillery; the less wheels you have, the better; but I leave to you-only act with the utmost possible energy and celerity. Johnston is retreating and is encumbered with wagons. I think he is making for Allatoona, but it is not positively demonstrated yet. The breaking of the railroad north of Kingston is desirable on any hypothesis.
W. T. SHERMAN,
HEADQUARTERS SECOND CAVALRY DIVISION,
Villanow, May 14, 1864-11 a. m.
GENERAL: Your dispatch of to-day, 8 a. m., is just received. I will move at once and do the best I can.
Very respectfully, your obedient servant,
Brigadier General Kenner Garrard,