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ng out from Resacca to join in the chase. Kingston, Ga., May 20. General Sherman's advance occut. The Etowah River is fourteen miles from Kingston. There a stand will certainly be male, or itt Rome, forming the Coosa. A railroad unites Kingston with Rome, the distance being about thirty milateau or valley, the country from Calhoun to Kingston is a barren pine-covered wilderness. At Adaibly short time, the trains are now running to Kingston with supplies for the army. A train was alsoback, skirmishing heavily on the roads beyond Kingston. At Cassville, a handsome village six miles beyond Kingston, the enemy had constructed earthworks, and after occupying for a time the brick collthe precipitate retreat of the rebels through Kingston and Cassville, upon Etowah River, and Allatoo A cavalry affair on Sherman's rear. Kingston, Ga., May 30, 1864. We had an ugly little afe buried near the hospital in the vicinity of Kingston. Boards, with their names rudely carved upon
sume of the whole ten days, let us go back to Kingston, May twenty-second--the date of my last lette, a little village twenty miles southwest of Kingston, and apparently far away from any military opule had perished by the roadside to drag from Kingston, and with no other effect but to nip in the bf detachments with or without wagons, back to Kingston or any other general depot. 5. If unarmed n simply impossible to transport supplies via Kingston and Dallas. In fair weather that route was dy my division. The line of march lay through Kingston, and immediately south of this village the enon the Kingston road. May 19.--Moved on to Kingston, found the enemy in position; attacked and drd break the railroad below Calhoun, and above Kingston, if possible, and with the main Army I pressemorning he was gone, and we pushed on through Kingston to a point four miles beyond, where we found Adairsville; in the same manner from there to Kingston and Dallas, where, on the twenty-third of May[13 more...]
ent. I find I shall not be able to send a force from here to act with you on Savannah. Your movements, therefore will be independent of mine; at least until the fall of Richmond takes place. I am afraid Thomas, with such lines of road as he has to protect, could not prevent Hood from going north. With Wilson turned loose, with all your cavalry, you will find the rebels put much more on the defensive than heretofore. U. S. Grant, Lieutenant-General. Major-General W. T. Sherman. Kingston, Ga., October 11--11 A. M. Hood moved his army from Palmetto station across by Dallas and Cedartown, and is now on the Coosa river, south of Rome. He threw one corps on my road at Acworth, and I was forced to follow. I hold Atlanta with the Twentieth corps, and have strong detachments along my line. This reduces my active force to a comparatively small army. We cannot remain here on the defensive. With the twenty-five thousand men, and the bold cavalry he has, he can constantly break
laid a pontoon bridge by mooring it to the piers of the old railroad bridge at that place, and had crossed over one corps of infantry (S. D. Lee's) and two divisions of cavalry; the other two corps (Stuart's and Cheatham's) were still on the south side of the river. His cavalry had pushed out to Shoal creek, skirmishing continually with Hatch's and Croxton's commands along the line of that stream, but showing no disposition to advance beyond. General Sherman's uncertain position at Kingston, Georgia, where he still remained in camp, had much to do with detaining the enemy, doubtless causing considerable speculation as to his future movements. On the twelfth of November communication with General Sherman was severed, the last despatch from him leaving Cartersville, Georgia, at 2:25 P. M. on that date. He had started on his great expedition from Atlanta to the sea-board, leaving me to guard Tennessee or to pursue the enemy if he followed the commanding general's column. It was th
Doc. 99. the defeat of Roddy. camp 4TH O. V. Cavalry, Kingston, Ga., June 6, 1864. The Second cavalry brigade, consisting of the First, Third and Fourth regiments Ohio veteran cavalry, Colonel Eli Long commanding, left Columbia, Tennessee, May twenty-second, and marching via Pulaski and Elktown, Tennessee, and Athens, Alabama, reached Decatur, Alabama, on the afternoon of the twenty-sixth. Hardly had the brigade encamped, and the horses been unsaddled, when boots and saddles was sounded, and the word flew that Roddy had driven in the pickets. Out went the brigade on the Courtland road, and marching six miles, the First Ohio in advance, found pickets, rebel regiments of cavalry, apparently on a reconnoissance. A volley was fired from each regiment, when the First forming, part in line to the right of the road, and part in column in the road, charged with drawn sabres. The rebels did not stop to pass more compliments, but turned tail, and such running was beautiful to beh
h me for a universal suspension of hostilities, looking to a peace over the whole surface of our country. I feel assured that it will be made perfect in a few days You will, therefore, desist from further acts of war and devastation until you hear that hostilities are resumed. For the convenience of supplying your command you may either contract for supplies down about Fort Valley or the old Chattahoochee arsenal, or if you are south of West Point, Georgia, in the neighborhood of Rome and Kingston, opening up communication and a route of supplies with Chattanooga and Cleveland. Report to me your position through General Johnston, as also round by sea. You may also advise General Canby of your position and the substance of this, which I have also sent round by sea. W. T. Sherman, Major-General Commanding. Please communicate above to the Federal commander. J. E. Johnston. I therefore issued the necessary orders to carry it into effect, and determined to suspend operations ti