through the town to attack his entrenchments.
The Federals would never have made an assault from this direction, as the country toward Canton was open, and favorable to an attack upon our right flank.
Humanity itself should have prompted this way of approach, in order to spare the women and children of the town.
Again, even in the event Polk and I had consented to subject our troops to a heavy enfilading fire of artillery, may I not ask — especially as a part of Sherman's Army, I think Schofield's Corps, was then reported to be moving across the Etowah to threaten our communications south of this stream, and a similar movement had dislodged us already from Dalton and Resaca, and in fact dislodged us from every position between Dalton and Atlanta — how long is it supposed we would have remained at Cassville?
I leave the answer to every fair minded man.
This is the history of the much talked of affair at Cassville, in connection with which it is affirmed that Johnston wished to