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    JOHN M. SCHOFIELD: CIVIL WAR-DATE AUTOGRAPH LETTER SIGNED. One page, 7.5" x 9.5" "Hd. Ars. Army of the Ohio", June 20, 1864, to Brig. Gen. Jacob D. Cox, "Comdg 3rd Div. 23rd A.C." Schofield pens (in full):

    "Genl Sherman is here and has given me his plans. We must force the passage of Noyes Creek today. Four o'clock is the hour set for you to begin, and you will be supported by a general cover a small force and secure a tete de front
    [literally, head on front]. Make all your preparations, and I will see you before the time appointed." Signed: "J.M. Schofield Maj. Genl."

    On this day, the Official Record notes skirmishing along Noyes Creek, Noonday Creek, Cassville and other Confederate positions in front of Joseph E. Johnston's entrenched Rebel forces at Kennesaw Mountain. The main offensive assault on the heavily fortified Confederate positions did not begin until June 27, one week later, and resulted in a costly defeat for Sherman and his advancing union troops, which suffered 3,000 casualties to the Confederate's 1,000. Though the Union did not carry the day, Sherman continued to press on for Atlanta. in a series of flanking maneuvers, Sherman captured that key Southern city on September 2, 1864, promptly telegraphing Lincoln, "Atlanta is ours, and fairly won".

    Condition: Small chip at the upper right corner and trimmed at the others, light soiling and toning, otherwise very good to near fine.

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