ROME, May 10, 1864.
To his Excellency, President DAVIS,
The first of Loring’s brigades arrived and sent forward to Resaca; second just in; the third will be in to-morrow morning early. General Johnston telegraphs he wishes me to hold the two last here for the present. French’s advance brigade was to leave Blue Mountain this morning; the others will follow in succession. Ferguson will be in striking distance day after to-morrow; Jackson’s division in thirty-six hours after. No time has been lost, and the command is in good condition. Dispatch from General Cantey at Resaca, just received, reports the enemy falling back from Resaca. Generals Lee and Forrest were at my headquarters the day before I left. Satisfactory arrangements made for the defense of the department with the force left them.
From General Leonidas Polk to Jefferson Davis – May 10, 1864