May 7, 1864. The 4th A.C., marching from Catoosa Springs, moved S. on this road to Tunnel Hill - Stanley's div. in advance, followed by Wood & Newton;Maj. Gen. O.O. Howard, commanding.
The march was opposed by outposts of Wheeler's cav. - the road obstructed by felled timber.
This move, together with the march of Palmer's 14th A.C. on direct rd. from Ringgold to Tunnel Hill, was the beginning of hostilities in the Campaign forAtlanta. Wheeler's cav., driven from Tunnel Hill, withdrew to Mill Creek Gap. During the next 5 days; Federal attempts to take Dalton were without success.