understanding, Colonel Atkins moved on without halting as directed, and the consequence was, that two regiments — the Eighth Indiana (Colonel Jones) and Ninth Michigan cavalry (Colonel Acker)--together with myself and staff, were cut off and partly surrounded.
But the brave officers and men of these two regiments, by their splendid fighting, broke through the rebel lines and slowly fell back, repulsing every attack of the enemy, until the main column was reached.
We moved on, crossed Buckhead Creek, burning the bridge, and halted to feed two (2) miles from the creek.
Information soon reached me that Wheeler was crossing with his entire force.
Parties were sent out, and ascertained this report to be true.
I now determined to give him a severe repulse before marching further.
Accordingly took up a strong position, and constructed a long line of barricades with my flanks thrown well to the rear.
These dispositions were scarce completed ere the enemy came in sight and made one o