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[347] doing, but the prisoners brought in said that Sherman intended to retreat to Chattanooga. Orders were issued to the cavalry officers to be on the alert and obtain information. G. W. Smith's division was sent to the left flank, where Stevenson was, and the latter was to hold himself in readiness at a moment's notice. General Maney was also ordered to be ready for instant action. At last, on the 28th, came news that quite a large force of the enemy had appeared at Fairburn, and that Generals Armstrong and Ross had been skirmishing with them. General Morgan was ordered to report to General Jackson at East Point. Adjutant-General Wayne was ordered to arm and send the militia up as rapidly as possible. The enemy seemed to be moving down the river, their wagons on the opposite side. Yet another day, the 29th, passed without appreciation of Sherman's tactics, though it was known that a considerable Federal force was moving toward the Macon railroad. The general commanding believed that he had taken all necessary precautions. General Adams at Opelika, Ala., was warned of danger; General Hardee, at East Point, was instructed to act on his own discretion, and Generals Lee and Armstrong were both asked to find out where the enemy was. Yet during this day (29th) the armies of Schofield and Thomas took their designated positions on the line selected by Sherman, and Howard going still further, drove away the plucky Confederate cavalry and artillery at Shoal creek, saved the Flint river bridge, and on the night of August 30th took and began intrenching a position a half mile from Jonesboro. On the same night Hood called his corps commanders in consultation, and finally determined to send Hardee's and Lee's corps, under Hardee, that night to Jonesboro to drive the Federals across Flint river. ‘This, I hoped,’ Hood says in his report of February, 1865. ‘would draw the attention of the enemy in that direction, and that he would abandon his works on the left, so that I could attack him in ’

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