May 16, 1864, Walker div. of Hardee A.C. [CS], having delayed McPherson troops (15th & 16th A.C.) [US], at Lay Ferry ( 3.25 mi. N.W.) the day before,was joined here by 2 division ~ Bate and Cleburne's [CS].
Deploying on both sides of Oothcalooga creek, the left of the line covering the road to Adairsville, Hardee ~ facing N. & W. ~ held McPherson forces throughout the day to enable the Confederate wagon trains to proceed to Adairsville.
This, the Battle of Rome Cross ~ Roads, was an episode of the Atlanta Campaign.