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[360] by waiting for and repelling raids. The Confederate Administration seemed to estimate the relative value of the two services differently.

In these efforts, as on all other occasions when he had the power, I was zealously seconded by Governor Brown. This led to the following correspondence between him and the President:

Atlanta, June 28, 1864.
His Excellency Jefferson Davis:
I need not call your attention to the fact that this place is to the Confederacy almost as important as the heart is to the human body. We must hold it. I have done all in my power to reinforce and strengthen General Johnston's army. As you know, further reinforcements are greatly needed on account of the superior numbers of the enemy. Is it not in your power to send more troops Could not Forrest or Morgan, or both, do more now for our cause in Sherman's rear than anywhere else He brings his supplies from Nashville, over nearly three hundred miles of railroad, through a rough country, over a great number of bridges. If these are destroyed, it is impossible for him to subsist his large army, and he must fall back through a broad scope of country destitute of provisions, which he could not do without great loss, if not annihilation. I do not wish to volunteer advice, but so great is our anxiety for the success of our arms, and the defense of the State, that I trust you will excuse what may seem to be an intrusion.

(Signed) Joseph E. Brown.

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