Walker had to be sent to Resaca, and moved subsequently to left front of Calhoun, to meet advance of McPherson.
May 12th.At night my corps moved to Resaca. Heavy skirmishing and occasional assaults on my line at Resaca 13th, 14th, and 15th May--on 13th principally, on Cheatham's line; on 14th and 15th, on Cleburne's and Bate's lines. A man who assisted to disinter dead at Resaca, after the war, reported finding one hundred and seventy Confederate and seventeen hundred and ninety Federal dead.
May 15th.Night of 15th moved to Calhoun, where Walker was already skirmishing all next day with McPherson. Polk's brigade of Cleburne's division had a sharp fight with a body of the enemy, and punished them handsomely.
May 16th.On night of 16th moved to Adairville. Cheatham had a heavy skirmish with enemy on 17th.
May 18th.Moved to Kingstree and Cross Station.
May 19th.Formed line of battle on left of army; battle-order read to troops. Enemy in sight, and skirmishing begun. Troops wild with enthusiasm and delight.
Later.On account of some movement of Hood, ordered to withdraw, about one and a half mile to Cassville line. Troops in fine spirits, expecting to attack enemy next morning. But Polk and Hood could not “hold their lines,” and that night withdrew and crossed Etowah following day.
May 27th.At New Hope Church, Cleburne's division formed left of army. About four o'clock r. M. attacked by four corps of the enemy. Cleburne, with no advantage save well-chosen positions, repulsed corps after obstinate fight of an hour and a half. At the close of fight, seven hundred Federal dead, within a dozen paces of Cleburne's line. Four color-bearers successively