asserts in his published report, that the army had become demoralized when he was appointed to command it, and ascribes his invariable defeats partly to that cause.
The allegation is disproved by the record of the admirable conduct of those troops on every occasion on which that general sent them to battle-and inevitable disaster.
Their courage and discipline were unsubdued by the slaughter to which they were recklessly offered in the four attacks on the Federal
army near Atlanta
, as they proved in the useless butchery at Franklin1
-and survived the rout and disorganization at Nashville-as they proved at Bentonville
If, however, such proof is not conclusive, the testimony of the two most distinguished officers of that army-Lieutenant-Generals Hardee
--is certainly not less than equivalent to General Hood
In a letter to me, dated April 20, 1868, Lieutenant-General Hardee