received from Major-General Walker
, near Calhoun
, that the report of the passage of the Oostenaula
by the enemy was unfounded.
So the plan abandoned the evening before was again adopted, and Lieutenant-General Hood
was desired to prepare to assail the enemy's left as he had done the day before, and to advance as soon as he should be joined by three brigades ordered to him from Polk
's and Hardee
had, early in the day, and with Lieutenant-General Hood
's approval, resumed the position from which he had been recalled the night before.
Here he was directed by the Lieutenant-General
to place a field-battery in a position some eighty yards in front of his line of infantry.
Before the necessary arrangements begun for its protection were completed, he was directed by General Hood
to open its fire.
This was no sooner done, than so impetuous an attack was made upon it, that the guns could not be drawn back to the main line of the division.
After a very sharp contest, the enemy was driven beyond the battery by the well-directed fire of Brown
's and Reynolds
's brigades, but found shelter in a ravine not far from it. From this position their musketry commanded the position of the battery equally as well as that of the Confederate infantry, so that neither could remove the guns, and they were left between the two armies until night.
Just when Lieutenant-General Hood
was about to move forward, a second message from Major-General Walker
gave positive information that the right of the Federal
army was actually crossing the Oostenaula
, near Calhoun
Upon this, the idea of fighting north