vicinity of Atlanta, and express no confidence that you can defeat or repel him, you are hereby relieved from the command of the Army and Department of Tennessee, which you will immediately turn over to General Hood. S. Cooper, Adjutant and Inspector-General.
Orders transferring the command of the army
I have two reports of the strength of the army besides that of April 30th, already given: 1.
Of July 1st, 39,746 infantry, 3855 artillery, and 10,484 cavalry,--total, 54,085. 2.
Of July 10th, 36,901 infantry, 3755 artillery, and 10,270 cavalry,--total, 50,926.--J. E. J. to General Hood were written and published immediately, and next morning I replied to the telegram of the Secretary of War:
Your dispatch of yesterday received and obeyed — command of the Army and Department of Tennessee has been transferred to General Hood.
As to the alleged cause of my removal, I assert that Sherman's army is much stronger, compared with that of Tennessee, than Grant's compared with that