field on the 9th, and Jackson
's three thousand nine hundred met us at Adairsville
on the 17th; total, nine thousand two hundred and ninety-two.
On the 10th of July, the effective total was nine thousand nine hundred and seventy-one.
The gradual restoration to condition for service, of the horses broken down in the previous hard campaign, and captures in this, enabled us to remount many dismounted men, and thus more than supply daily losses.
The Federal army received much greater accessions.
Our scouts, observing the railroad in its rear, reported several trains filled with troops, passing to it daily, in all the month of May.
They were generally garrisons and bridge-guards from Kentucky
, relieved by “hundred days men,” to join the army in the field.
And the Seventeenth Corps, accompanied by two thousand cavalry, joined it soon after the passage of the Etowah
, in his report of his own disastrous operations, accused me of gross official misstatements of the strength of the army and of its losses-asserting that I had “at and near Dalton
” an available force of seventy-five thousand men, and that twenty-two thousand five hundred of them were lost in the campaign, including seven thousand prisoners. He recklessly appealed for the truth of these assertions to Major Kinloch Falconer
, assistant adjutant-general
, by whom the returns of the army were made, which were my authority for the statement attacked by General Hood
At my request, made in consequence of this attack, Major Falconer
made another statement1
from the official data in his possession, which