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nd deemed it inexpedient to attack without fresh instructions.
The opportunity had passed.
The proposition had originally come from Hood and received the sanction of Johnston.
Hood says the opportunity had passed, not because his views had changed, but because the situation of the enemy had changed.
Doubtless this was so. And might not the commander-in-chief of that army be permitted to assign the identical reason for his own change of plan at Rocky Face?
At New Hope Church, at Kennesaw Mountain, all that fierce attack could do was tried and found wanting.
As the attack was resolute, so the repulse was bitter.
If there was no such repulse as at Fredericksburg, Spotsylvania and Cold Harbor, it must have been owing to the fact that there was no such attack—persistent as Sherman's undoubtedly were.
In Johnston's view, between Dalton and the Chattahoochie, the 19th and 29th of May, offered the only opportunities to give battle without attacking the preponderant force in entrenc