(as soon as made) for a campaign, and also of the troops that would be sent him. A plan of campaign was also transmitted to him by the War Department.
To this plan he objected, without proposing a better one, and, while the correspondence was going on, Sherman
commenced his movement which induced Johnston
7. That, at the opening of the campaign, Johnston
had subject to his orders between sixty and seventy thousand men, and the disparity of forces between Sherman
and him was so much less than between Lee
, that constant hope was entertained of a great and glorious victory; but he only kept on retreating, refusing all the advantages which an able general would have seized; that the positions taken up by him were almost impregnable by Nature, and but little art was necessary to make them quite so to Sherman
's onward progress; that, as Sherman
would extend his flanks to envelop him, instead of concentration and battle, it was a retreat and a new position, and so on until he arrived at Atlanta
; that his losses, when he arrived there, amounted to twenty-five thousand; that his army was dispirited and broken down by the immense fatigue they had undergone; and the confidence in his ability to check Sherman
's onward progress entirely destroyed.
8. That, upon direct interrogatory as to his ability to hold Atlanta
failed to impress the Department with the belief that he entertained any hope of doing so. It was then determined to change the tactics of the campaign, and put in command one who not only would command the confidence of the army,