51 and the paper by General Howard, to follow.--editors.
On the 1st of May I reported to the Administration that the enemy was about to advance, suggesting the transfer of at least a part of General Polk's troops to my command.
Then the cavalry with convalescent horses was ordered to the front,--Martin's division to observe the Oostenaula from Resaca to Rome, and Kelly's little brigade to join the cavalry on the Cleveland road.
On the 4th the Federal army, including the troops from Knoxville, was at Ringgold.
Next day it skirmished until dark with our advanced guard of cavalry.
This was repeated on the 6th.
On the 7th it moved forward, driving our cavalry from Tunnel Hill, and taking a position in the afternoon in front of the railroad gap, and parallel to Rocky-face — the right a mile south of the gap, and the left near the Cleveland road.
Until that day I had regarded a battle in the broad valley in which Dalton stands as inevitable.
The greatly superior strength of t