It Gets Messier
19 May 1864. Johnston is dug in at Cassville, defending the railroad. General Jefferson Davis (Union general, no relation) captured Rome (Georgia, not Italy). Sherman’s men have become experts at repairing (and tearing up, if it suited them) railroad tracks, and the line to Resaca is now functioning again. Resaca has become Sherman’s forward supply point.
Please note that as of this point, Sherman’s army was still (mostly) paying for what it took. According to contemporary records, yes, there was raiding and the occasional arson, but by and large the army behaved itself in North Georgia.