Upon the morning of the 18th, the Army began to move in the direction of the West Point Railroad, which the advance reached on the 19th.
Upon the 20th, line of battle was formed, with the right east of the railroad, and the left resting near the river, with Army headquarters at Palmetto.
I sent the following dispatch to General Bragg the succeeding day:
[no. 30.] September 21st.
I shall — unless Sherman moves south — as soon as I can collect supplies, cross the Chattahoochee river, and form line of battle near Powder Springs.
This will prevent him from using the Dalton Railroad, and force him to drive me off or move south, when I shall follow upon his rear.
I make this move as Sherman is weaker now than he will be in future, and I as strong as I can expect to be. Would it not be well to move a part of the important machinery at Macon to the east of the Oconee river, and do the same at Augusta to the east side of the Savannah river?
If done, it will be import