one else, under Bragg. For the accuracy of the statement, he, and not General Johnston, is responsible. The return of the army is only a consolidation of the returns of the corps commanders. But if there were seven thousand prisoners taken during the retreat from Dalton, how does he account for the fact shown by the official returns that General Johnston had, at Atlanta, on the 10th of July, leaving out his killed and wounded, within twenty-five hundred men of the number put under his command previously? How can this excess of loss in prisoners over his total loss (except in killed and wounded) be explained? Upon no other hypothesis than that his army increased by recruiting more rapidly than it decreased by straggling and loss of prisoners. The morale of the army, then, could not have been very bad --at least not as bad as it is supposed by General Hood to have been. Nor could the people of the territory which General Johnston was “abandoning” have lost all confidence in him. It must have been from them that his recruits were gathered. It is alleged that at Dalton “the enemy was but little superior in numbers, none in organization and discipline, and inferior in spirit and confidence.” The army which is described as “inferior in spirit and confidence” to Johnston's was the one which had lately routed it at Missionary Ridge, under Bragg. An army flushed with victory is not usually wanting “in spirit and confidence.” Did the presence of Johnston cause them to doubt their future success? What infused “spirit and confidence” into the Army of Tennessee 2 Was it the consciousness that it, at last, had a commander who, careless of his own blood, was careful of that of his men, who knew when to take them under fire and how to bring them out, and whose thorough soldiership would save them from ever being uselessly slaughtered by being led to battle, except when some good purpose was to be accomplished, or some brilliant victory achieved? If the “discipline and organization” of the army were as perfect as described, who produced it? For four months it had been under the control
This text is part of:
Table of Contents:
Consolidated Summaries in the armies of Tennessee and Mississippi during the campaign commencing May 7 , 1864 , at Dalton, Georgia , and ending after the engagement with the enemy at Jonesboroa and the evacuation at Atlanta , furnished for the information of General Joseph E. Johnston
Memoranda of the operations of my corps, while under the command of General J. E. Johnston , in the Dalton and Atlanta , and North Carolina campaigns.
Report of Hon. L. T. Wigfall in the Senate of the Confederate States , march 18 , 1865 .
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 United States License.