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July 3, 1864.
General B. Bragg, Richmond:
Stewart's division requires a commander immediately. It will be useless unless one is assigned. I again urge, most respectfully, the assignment of Major-General Lovell to it.

(Signed) J. E. Johnston.

Near Chattahoochee Railroad Bridge, July 8, 1864.
His Excellency the President, Richmond:
I have received your dispatch of yesterday.

Our falling back has been slow. Every change of position has been reported to General Bragg. We have been forced back by the operations of a siege, which the enemy's extreme caution and greatly superior numbers have made it impossible for me to prevent. I have found no opportunity for battle, except by attacking intrenchments.

J. E. Johnston.

Near Atlanta, July 11, 1864.
General Bragg, Richmond:
I strongly recommend the distribution of the United States prisoners, now at Andersonville, immediately.

J. E. Johnston.

Near Atlanta, July 16, 1864.
His Excellency the President, Richmond:
Your dispatch of to-day received.

The slight change in the enemy's dispositions made since my dispatch of the 14th to General Cooper was reported to General Bragg yesterday. It was a report from General Wheeler that Schofield's corps had advanced eastwardly about three miles from Isham's Ford, and intrenched.

As the enemy has double our numbers, we must be on the defensive. My plan of operations must, therefore, depend


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