's language, “attained the dimensions of a battle.”
The Confederate troops suffered little in these engagements, for they fought under the protection of intrenchments.
But we had reason to believe that the enemy, who were completely exposed, often at short range and in close order, sustained heavy losses.
This belief was strengthened in my mind by the opinion, long entertained, that the soldiers of the United States
never give way without good reason.
On the same day Major-General Wheeler
, with Dibrell
's and Allen
's brigades, encountered a large body of Federal cavalry near Varnell's Station.
Dismounting all of his troops but two regiments, he made a combined attack of infantry and cavalry, by which the enemy was put to flight.
A standard, many small-arms, and a hundred prisoners, were captured.
Among the prisoners were Colonel La Grange
, commanding a brigade, three captains, and five lieutenants.
From information given him by the colonel, General Wheeler
estimated the force he had just encountered at about five thousand men.
At night Brigadier-General Canty
reported that he had been engaged at Resaca
until dark with troops of the Army of the Tennessee, which was commanded by Major-General McPherson
, and had held his ground.
As intelligence of the arrival of that army in Snake-Creek Gap had been received, Lieutenant-General Hood
was ordered to move to Resaca
immediately with three divisions-those of Hindman
, and Walker
On the 10th that officer reported that the enemy