May 16, 1864. Brig. Gen. J.C. Davis' div. (14th A.C.) [US] left Sugar Valley via roads west of the Oostanaula River to outflank Johnston's forces [CS] retreating from Resaca.
Davis had been informed that Farmer's Bridge on Armuchee Cr. was an Oostanaula crossing. Learning otherwise at Floyd Springs, he reported same to Thomas, who ordered Davis to return to Lay's Ferry; instead, Davis kept on toward Rome, reaching DeSoto Hill, May 17.
The river was crossed under fire, May 18, & the Federals occupied Rome where they remained until May 24, when their march to Dallas, Paulding County began.