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ransfer from the Virginia to the Western Army
Dalton, Resaca, Adairsville, and Cassville.
Before-In addition to the Army of Tennessee, then at Dalton, the General commanding there was offered, forof the war.
On the evening of my arrival at Dalton, on or about the 4th of February, I repaired tfall back and take up some position in rear of Dalton.
I at once told him that I knew nothing of th Polk's and Longstreet's forces to join him at Dalton, where, this large Army being concentrated, he the following letter:
[Private.]Dalton, Georgia, April 13th, 1864. my Dear General.
I I had had a conception of the operations from Dalton to Atlanta, naught but the most peremptory ordve lost twenty-five thousand (25,000) men from Dalton to Atlanta, and,at the same time, no material 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?
is important object.
I am, therefore, reluctant to believe that General Johnston possessed any more definite idea of defending Atlanta than he had of defending Dalton, or any other position from that point to Atlanta.
He brings forward the presence of his family in this city, as evidence of his intention to make a stand; and a stated that General Johnston foreshadowed to his corps commanders at New Hope Church, his intention to retreat to Macon, Georgia, during his campaign of ‘64 from Dalton.
I am the only living witness of this historic truth; therefore, Mr. McFarland's testimony, through one of your prominence and character, becomes of great relatiroves that the soldiers of General Sherman's Army had been demoralized by their course of life on the Southern plantations.
Those soldiers, when fighting between Dalton and Atlanta, could not have been driven back repeatedly by a fourth of their number, with a loss so utterly insignificant.
Was it General Johnston's policy to re