Oostenaula, almost parallel to our railroad, to extend his line, protected by it, to the neighborhood of Calhoun
, which compelled us to pass to the rear of that point, to avoid being cut off from Atlanta
At New-Hope Church, where the armies were parallel to each other almost two weeks, General Sherman
gradually extended his intrenchments toward the railroad.
When he reached it, we established ourselves in front of Marietta
, and held that ground about four weeks until the Federal
numbers enabled General Sherman
to extend his works parallel to our railroad, and five or six miles beyond our left.
This made it necessary to draw back again; to place ourselves nearer than the enemy to Atlanta
In all this, I was sustained by General Lee
's similar course in Virginia
The difference between the two campaigns was but that of the characters of the two Federal commanders-General Grant
attacked repeatedly, with all his strength, and suffered great losses in battles, but reached his destination in about a month.
, who was cool and cautious, made one general and several partial attacks the latter to be followed up if successful-but drew off his forces in each case, when he found his opponents ready and resolute.
He sought for weak points in our lines daily, and with that object skirmished incessantly.
Those engagements, as he expresses it, occasionally swelling to the dimensions of battles.
My part of this campaign continued seventy-four days; the Federal
army being two days from Atlanta
when I was removed from my command.
In comparing the operations in Upper Georgia
with those in Virginia
, it is to be considered that