As to the alleged cause of my removal, I assert that Sherman's army is much stronger compared with that of Tennessee, than Grant's compared with that of Northern Virginia. Yet the enemy has been compelled to advance much more slowly to the vicinity of Atlanta than to that of Richmond and Petersburg; and penetrated much deeper into Virginia than Georgia.In turning over the command to General Hood, the late commander explained the plans he had formed. He had expected first to be afforded an opportunity to engage the enemy on terms of advantage while the Federal armies would be divided in crossing Peachtree creek. If unsuccessful, he would fall back to the outer line of intrenchments, close at hand, and hold them until the 10,000 State troops promised by Governor Brown were all at hand, when this force of Georgians would be put in the works and the three corps would sally out and attack
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