Sherman divided his forces into two armies for the March to the Sea; the Army of Georgia under Gen. Slocum, and the Army of the Tennessee, under O.O. Howard. Here he orders Slocum to move to the outskirts of Atlanta in preparation for the departure.
HDQRS. MILITARY DIVISION OF THE MISSISSIPPI,
In the Field, Kingston, Ga., November 5, 1864.
Major-General SLOCUM, Atlanta, Ga.:
Load your trains and prepare your command at once for the march, and move it out on the McDonough road some two miles and await your orders for the final move. You will leave your provost guard and such details as General Easton and Colonel Beckwith may wish.
W. T. SHERMAN,