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General Joseph E. Johnston, Narrative of Military Operations During the Civil War, Report of Hon. L. T. Wigfall in the Senate of the Confederate States, march 18, 1865. (search)
e removal of Johnston was an order to General Hood to adopt the offensive policy and deliver battle whenever the enemy appeared. It is to be regretted that General Hood has permitted himself to become the advocate of that policy, for which he was in no way responsible. History is always repeating itself! The Portuguese Government, in 1810, became impatient of Wellington's delays. Fortunately for the country over which they ruled, he was not under their control. In a dispatch of 7th September, he says: It appears that the government have lately discovered that we are all wrong; that they have become impatient for the defeat of the enemy; and, in imitation of the central junta, called out for a battle and early success. If I had had the power, I would have prevented the Spanish armies from attending to that call (alluding to Ariazaga's campaign), and, if I had, the cause would now have been safe; and, having the power now in my hands, I will not lose the only chance which re