000) in Polk's Corps, which was marching rapidly to that point, together with eight thousand four hundred and ten (8410) of Wheeler's Cavalry, exclusive of Jackson's.
We find, by this summary, seventy thousand five hundred (70,500) effectives — a number in excess of that which is stated in my official report.
This number of troops, however, did not, at that time, embrace all the available forces which were subject to the order of General Johnston.
The following extract from Major General G. W. Smith's official report attests the presence of over three thousand (3000) Georgia State troops, which could have been, in May, 1864, assembled at Dalton, in the event the Commanding General of our Army had desired to offer battle, when in possession of Rocky-faced Ridge:
headquarters, Georgia militia, Macon, Ga., September 15th, 1864. General J. B. Hood, Commanding Army of Tennessee, near Lovejoy Station:
General:--My appointment was dated 1st June.
I took command a few days t