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r a halt of a few hours the army fell back to Cassville. There General Johnston's battle order was read to the army. Hardee reported that his troops were wild with enthusiasm and delight. The position was well chosen, and the best occupied during the campaign. But, according to General Johnston's report, Polk and Hood were unwilling to risk a battle there, claiming that a part of Polk's corps was enfiladed by the Federal artillery, and urged Johnston to abandon the place and cross the Etowah river. Hardee, although not so favorably posted, remonstrated against the change. General Johnston yielded his better judgment and lost his best opportunity, and at daylight of the 20th reluctantly crossed the Etowah. On the 19th, Federal dispatches were sent to Washington stating that Johnston retires slowly, leaving nothing, and hitting hard if crowded. Sherman, in spite of his heavy losses, reported on the 21st of May that he would move on the following day with full 80,000 fighting me