Report of Major General John M. Schofield, U. S. Army, commanding Army of the Ohio.
HEADQUARTERS ARMY OF THE OHIO,
In the Field, Decatur, Ga., September 10, 1864.
[editor’s note: most of report not printed here except for excerpts pertaining to 7th Pennsylvania Cavalry]
At daylight the next morning, September 1, General Cox pushed his advance as far as Rough and Ready, destroying the track, while General Hascall came in front the extreme left and followed in support of General Stanley in his movement toward Jonesborough. General Cox followed as soon as General Garrard arrived with his cavalry division, to cover our rear and trains against any sudden attack from the north. My troops followed close upon General Stanley’s, completing the destruction of the railroad, but took no part in the engagement in front of Jonesborough, unable to get into position before dark. In the pursuit from Jonesborough to Lovejoy’s we made a long and tedious march, through fields and woods, upon the flank of the main army, and got partially into position long after dark, without having been able to engage the enemy.
At 8 p. m. of the 5th of September my troops moved in concert with the other armies, and early the next morning took position on the left near Jonesborough. The march was resumed at 7 a. m. of the 7th, and on the 8th we encamped about Decatur. During the operations upon the right and rear of Atlanta Colonel Garrard’s cavalry brigade, the only one of my command present in the field, co-operated with General Garrard’s division in covering our left and rear.
I have the honor to be, general, very respectfully, your obedient servant,
J. M. SCHOFIELD,
Major General W. T. SHERMAN,
Commanding Military Division of the Mississippi.