o Hood's arguments he changes his mind and sustains Hood, and thus, with two of his corps commanders opposed to defending their lines, Johnston deemed it better to decline the impending battle.
Sixth—On page 110, in Hood's book, you will find the beginning of a letter from Captain W. J. Morris, General Polk's chief engineer, from which I will make some quotations, abbreviating them as much as possible.
He says he arrived at Cassville station about 3.30 or 4 o'clock P. M. May 19, 1864. Colonel Gale was there to meet him and to tell him that General Polk wanted to see him as soon as he arrived.
He had half a mile to go to Polk's quarters.
Met General Polk at the door.
He says it took him about half an hour to examine a map that Polk placed before him and make notes of the general's wishes, and fifteen minutes to ride from Polk's headquarters to the line that was reported to be enfiladed.
When he left Polk's headquarters he thinks General Hood was there.
It took him about two hou