CARTERSVILLE, July 9, 1864.
Major-General STEEDMAN:
I am informed by General Sherman that Colonel Garrard is on the way to the front with a brigade of cavalry. The general directs me to take command of any and all cavalry on the way to the front to enable [me] to clear the country of rebels. I have something in view for Colonel Garrard. Will you be kind enough to tell me how I can communicate with him most readily. We captured over 40 of the railroad destroyers yesterday; think I will get some more to-day.
Colonel, Commanding Cavalry Division, Dept. of the Cumberland.
JULY 9, 1864.
General Garrard is across at Roswell, and Dodge is moving to that point with orders to fortify a tete-de-pont and to build a good trestle bridge. I want from you a minute description of your position and all information as to roads from it to the east of the Stone Mountain. I propose to operate some to the south, to accumulate stores, and then ahead.