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atteries in front and to the right of Lieutenant General Hood's line. 4th. If those batteries to the front and right of Hood's line could be taken by a special movement. These explanations, notestion. To his right was the line of Lieutenant General Hood's Corps, Army of Tennessee, forming ty to forty feet higher than the position of General Hood's line, and from forty to sixty feet higherssarily enfiladed a considerable portion of General Hood's line. Having made these examinations ohnston to come to his headquarters. Lieutenant General Hood was already with General Polk. Generatirely willing and ready to co-operate with General Hood to accomplish this object. After some momehat they could not hold their lines. Lieutenant General Hood then re-stated the reasons, and said could not hold his line an hour. Nor could he, Hood, hold his two hours if attacked in the morning. Upon these points Lieutenant Generals Polk and Hood entirely agreed, urging the offensive rather th[6 more...]
. Polk's Corps was transferred to the right of Hood's. * * * The Federal troops extended their entrarters that day (the 28th), as usual, Lieutenant General Hood suggested that we should make an attato be ready for battle next morning. Lieutenant General Hood was instructed to draw his corps out ng for the signal agreed upon — the musketry of Hood's Corps — from the appointed time until about I supposed, from the terms of this message, that Hood's Corps was in the presence of the enemy, and tIf the attack had been expedient when Lieutenant General Hood's message was dispatched, the resultiee, which you will immediately turn over to General Hood. * * * General Hood came to my quarters earGeneral Hood came to my quarters early in the morning of the i8th, and remained there during the day. Intelligence soon came from Major l Army was marching toward Atlanta, and, at General Hood's earnest request, I continued to give ordellows: Richmond, July 18th, I864. to Generals Hood, Hardee and Stewart. Your telegram of
us the Johnston school — Johnston's plan to hold Atlanta forever. General Johnston makes the following arraignment : Johnston's Narrative, page 365. General Hood asserts in his published report, that the Army had become demoralized when he was appointed to command it, and ascribes his invariable defeats partly to that cock to Petersburg: they in truth are the opposite of one another. General Johnston states, Johnston's Narrative, page 350. In transferring the command to General Hood I explained my plans to him. He may have said somewhat to me in regard to his plans — if, indeed, he had at any time resolved upon the defence of Atlanta — buat in General Jos. E. Johnston's forthcoming book appears the following statement: Johnston's Narrative, pages 350, 351. In transferring the command to General Hood I explained my plans to him. First, I expected an opportunity to engage the enemy on terms of advantage while they were divided in crossing Peach Tree creek, t<
ust have been observed by every one. The movement of General Hood was a very bold and a very brilliant one, and was very s together, made a much larger force than the whole Army of Hood, and they were not easily put into panic. As it was, we cobeing able to hold our position, and we felt satisfied that Hood's Army could not stand much longer the terrible losses it wtened and expedited by the change of tactics adopted by General Hood. This I think, and indeed am sure, was General Sherman's opinion before and after Hood's tactics were put in practice. I remember to have got a newspaper from a farm house, i it was very good news, but to look out for an attack; that Hood would make it very lively for us, and that it was necessaryould have occurred between two such gallant officers as General Hood and General Johnston, and their friends. Both of them this policy with greater skill, ability and vigor than General Hood. With many thanks for your kind expressions towards
. Killed. Wounded. Total. Hardee's 119 859 978 Hood's 283 1,564 1,847 Polk's Army, Mississippi 42 405lled. Wounded. Total. Hardee's 173 1,048 1,221 Hood's 103 679 782 Polk's Army, Mississippi 33 194 227lled. Wounded. Total. Hardee's 200 1,433 1,633 Hood's 140 1,121 1,261 Polk's Army, Mississippi 128 928th of July, when he was relieved from duty, and General Hood assigned to the command of the Army. Hence the d of the campaign when the Army was commanded by General Hood, viz., from July the 18th to September 1st, 1864timated force turned over by General Johnston to General Hood. 6. The report was made under General Johnston, and signed by General Hood. On the 18th of July the command was turned over to General Hood. The first reGeneral Hood. The first return thereafter was that of August 1st, after the engagements of Peach Tree creek, on the 21st, and around Atll indicate: Richmond, March 10th, 1865. General Hood :--You ask to what extent your Army was strength
ners above mentioned, the following correspondence passed between us, in relation to his treatment of the non-combatants of Atlanta: headquarters military Division of the Mississippi, in the field, Atlanta, Georgia, September 7th, 1864. General Hood, Commanding Confederate Army. General:--I have deemed it to the interest of the United States that the citizens now residing in Atlanta should remove, those who prefer it to go South, and the rest North. For the latter I can provide food a friends to go to. Another says: I will try and take this or that article of property, but such and such things I must leave behind, though I need them much. We reply to them: General Sherman will carry your property to Rough and Ready, and General Hood will take it thence on. And they will reply to that: But I want to leave the railroad at such a place, and cannot get conveyance from there on. We only refer to a few facts, to try to illustrate in part howthis measure will operate in pra
y departments now commanded respectively by General Hood, and Lieutenant General Taylor. You willy and truly yours, Jefferson Davis. (For General Hood). This order was most satisfactory, inaroad. The Twentieth Corps remains at Atlanta. Hood reached the road, and broke it up between Big Srned loose without home or habitation. I think Hood's movements indicate a diversion to the end of ions. Re-establish the road, and I will follow Hood wherever he maygo. I think he will move to Blu Sherman. Do you not think it advisable, now Hood has gone so far north, to entirely ruin him before starting on your proposed campaign? With Hood's Army destroyed, you can go where you please witd still believe, if you had started south while Hood was in the neighborhood of you, he would have bpatch is received. If I could hope to overhaul Hood, I would turn against him with my whole force; t in any direction; but I regard the pursuit of Hood as useless. Still, if he attempts to invade Mi[8 more...]
ondition of this railroad to transport the supplies for General Hood's Army. Most of the bridges between here and Okolonaf inspection to Corinth, Mississippi, I was informed by General Hood of the report just received by him, that Sherman would ary orders to meet the emergency, including an order to General Hood to send one division of cavalry (Jackson's) to reinforcountermand the campaign in Tennessee to pursue Sherman with Hood's Army for the following reasons: 1st. The roads and crty-five miles on comparatively good roads. The transfer of Hood's Army into Georgia could not have been more expeditious by. Under these circumstances, after consultation with General Hood, I concluded to allow him to prosecute with vigor his cHorne's Army of the Cumberland, vol. II, page 189. General Hood's rapid advance had been made with the hope of cutting llowing: New Orleans, La., October 20th, 1865. to General Hood. General:--The only body of United States troops on
an to press, and to his lateral lines were turned, in seemingly overwhelming convergence. To General Hood, the advantage so easily gained, premised the capture or destruction of the National Army, anet a great many of these men out, notwithstanding we have left the State. I have been with General Hood from the beginning of this campaign, and beg to say, disastrous as it has ended, I am not able to see anything that General Hood has done that he should not, or neglected anything that he should have done which it was possible to do. Indeed, the more that I have seen and known of him and his fferent. But I will not detain Colonel Johnson, except to say or rather to suggest that if General Hood is to command this Army, he should by all means be permitted to organize the Army according t will be debarred the benefit of General Order No. I from Army headquarters. By command of General Hood, A. P. Mason, Lieutenant Colonel, A. A. G. I regret that I have not this general order i
Chapter 18: Rashness Johnston Fabius Scipio. Before closing these pages, I request the privilege of correcting a false impression which has gained ground in my regard, and which is, I may say, the outcome of inimical statements of certain writers who have followed in the wake of Pollard and Johnston. General Sherman gives color to their charge of rashness as a commander, in the following passage: I did not suppose that General Hood, though rash, would venture to attack fortified places like Allatoona, Resaca, Decatur and Nashville; but he did so, and in so doing, played into our hands perfectly. Sherman's Memoirs, vol. II, page 167. And yet from other portions of his Memoirs it will be seen that I did not attack either Resaca, Decatur, or Nashville. My official report will also show that Major General French assaulted Allatoona, whilst under discretionary orders. Thus, in none of these instances is General Sherman correct. Touching this same accus
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