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[256] having Georgia troops leave the State while it was invaded by the enemy, to say nothing of the desertions from General Joe Johnston's army while retreating before Sherman's victorious march to the sea.

‘When General Johnston was told this by me,’ said Dr. Pendleton, who was in the city several days last week, ‘he declared that the statement of his men deserting was without foundation of fact.’

General Breckinridge then asked the delegation what advice they had to offer.

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