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to hold his ground, viz: in front of Rocky-faced Ridge. General Polk was not far distant from Dalton, when it is considered that eight thousand (8000) of his troops were at Resaca on the 9th and 11th, and that he in person was in Dalton on the 12th. General Johnston could well have awaited the arrival of the whole of this Army, since it required so small a force to hold Mill Creek and Snake Creek Gaps, as previously stated, and practically demonstrated by General Sherman's use of them, afterfigures and official data, demonstrated to any unbiassed mind that they were available and within the easy direction of the former. In truth, I could as well have fixed upon the 12th of May as upon the 6th, the date mentioned in my official report, since our Army was still at Dalton on the 12th, when nearly one-half of Polk's Corps had already joined Johnston's left at Resaca on the 9th and 11th of May. Therefore, the trivial point raised by these two gentlemen is of little or no consequence.
e, a proposition to the enemy to that effect. An exchange of two thousand (2000) was agreed upon. Some delay, however, resulted from a refusal upon the part of General Sherman to exchange Confederates for Federal prisoners whose term of service had ceased or was about to expire. Upon the 9th was initiated the correspondence between General Sherman and myself, in regard to the treatment of the inhabitants of Atlanta, and which I embodied in the narrative of the siege of that city. On the 12th I sent every wagon, which could be spared in the Army, to Rough and Ready, and performed the sad duty of transferring within our lines the women and children, the sick and the infirm. In the meantime, intelligence had been received from General Wheeler, announcing that he had destroyed several bridges and about fifty miles of railroad in Tennessee, and that he had thus far been successful in every engagement with the enemy. During the progress of the exchange of prisoners, the transport
herman's Army as follows: One corps at Atlanta, two corps at or near Marietta; and three at or north of Chattanooga. Heavy rains will delay the operations of this Army a few days. J. B. Hood, General. Although every possible effort was made to expedite the repairs upon the railroad, the work progressed slowly. Heavy rains in that section of the country also interfered with the completion of the road. I informed General Beauregard of the President's opposition to my plan, and, on the 12th, replied to His Excellency, as follows: [no. 39.]headquarters near Florence, Alabama, November 12th, 1864. his Excellency, the President, Richmond, Virginia. Your telegram of the 7th received to-day. When I moved out from Atlanta, he (Sherman) came with five corps, and kept them united until I moved from Gadsden to this point, entrenching himself wherever he halted. It was only after I reached this point that he divided his force. After my descent upon the railroad and upon Dal