Sherman's Memoirs, vol.
II, page 98.
I always expected to have a desperate fight to get possession of the Macon road, whicn was then the vital objective of the campaign.
General Wheeler started on the 27th of July in pursuit of the Federal cavalry which had moved around our right; and General Jackson, with the brigades of Harrison and Ross, was ordered, the following day, to push vigorously another body of the enemy's cavalry which was reported to have crossed the river, at Campbellton, and to be moving, via Fairburn, in the direction of the Macon road.
On the 28th it was apparent that Sherman was also moving in the same direction with his main body.
Lieutenant General Lee was instructed to move out with his Corps upon the Lick — Skillet road, and to take the position most advantageous to prevent or delay the extension of the enemy's right flank.
This officer promptly obeyed orders, and came, unexpectedly, in the afternoon, in contact with the Federals in the vicinit