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[59] but the rumors by signal and otherwise were disheartening. Imagine the courage and inspiration which such a man as Corse with his reinforcement gave to them.

The Confederate commander very deliberately went about the investment of the garrison, and had with him, according to the latest returns, 2,962 effectives and a total of 4,412 men.

About eight o'clock, while the firing on both sides was still going on, Corse detected a flag of truce coming toward the redoubt from the north Confederate brigade. It brought in a dispatch which proved to be a communication from the Confederate general, French.

Around Allatoona, October 5, 1864.
Commanding Officer, United States Forces, Allatoona.
Sir: I have placed the forces under my command in such positions that you are surrounded, and to avoid a needless effusion of blood, I call on you to surrender your forces at once and unconditionally. Five minutes will allow you to decide. Should you accede to this, you will be treated in the most honorable manner as prisoners of war.

I have the honor to be, very respectfully yours, S. G. French, Major General Commanding Forces Confederate States.

All of us who knew Corse can see with what promptness and energy he instantly penned his brief response:

Headquarters Fourth Division, Fifteenth Corps, Allatoona, Ga., 8.30 a.m., October 5, 1864.
Major General S. G. French, Confederate States Army, etc.:
Your communication demanding surrender of my command I acknowledge receipt of. and respectfully reply that we are prepared


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