t so bad as had been reported by Colonel Brownlow.
Meantime, rumors came that General Stoneman was down about Macon, on the east bank of the Ocmulgee.
On the 4th of August Colonel Adams got to Marietta with his small brigade of nine hundred men belonging to Stoneman's cavalry, reporting, as usual, all the rest lost, and this was of the South, was full of founderies, arsenals, and machine-shops, and I knew that its capture would be the death-knell of the Southern Confederacy.
On the 4th of August I ordered General Schofield to make a bold attack on the railroad, anywhere about East Point, and ordered General Palmer to report to him for duty.
He at once Schofield's right to command him; but, after examining the dates of their respective commissions, and hearing their arguments, I wrote to General Palmer.
August 4th--10.45 P. M.
From the statements made by yourself and General Schofield to-day, my decision is, that he ranks you as a major-general, being of the same date