was retiring; and was recalled, but directed to leave Cleburne
's and Walker
's divisions near Tilton
--one on each road.
Skirmishing, renewed in the morning near Dalton
, continued all day, to our advantage — both at the gap and on Stevenson
Near night an attack, especially spirited, was made upon Bate
's position, on the hill-side facing the gap on the south.
It was firmly met, however, and repulsed.
At night reports were received from the scouts in observation near the south end of Rocky Face
, to the effect that General McPherson
's troops were intrenching their position in Snake-Creek Gap.
And on the 11th various reports were received indicating a general movement to their right by the Federal
troops, as if to unite with those of McPherson
On the same day, Brigadier-General Canty
again announced that a Federal army was approaching Resaca
from the direction of Snake-Creek Gap.
But intelligence that Lieutenant-General Polk
had reached that point with Loring
's division, prevented any immediate apprehension for the place.
He was instructed to hold it with the troops then under his command there, and authorized to call Cleburne
's and Walker
's divisions to him, if necessary.
They were within six miles.
In the evening of the same day, Major-General Wheeler
was directed to move at dawn of the next, around the north end of Rocky-Face Ridge
, toward Tunnel Hill
, with all his available cavalry; to ascertain if the movement southward by the Federal
army had been a general one; and to learn, also, what forces were still in that vicinity.