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hapter 22: waiting for the ordeal by combat. The North Prepares a New on to Richmond. Joe Johnston's strategy from Manassas to Richmond Magruder's lively tactics the defenders come scenes o destroy large quantities of commissary stores, for which there was no transportation. But, Joe Johnston held the movement to be necessary; and, by this time the South had learned to accept that whaes left a spoil; hearing only the gloomiest echoes from the Peninsular advance and ignorant of Johnston's plans-or even of his whereabouts — it was but natural that a gloomy sense of insecurity shoulever felt! Then came the calm; when the last straggler had marched through to the front and Johnston's junction with Magruder was accomplished. The rosy clouds faded into gray again; and, though have little rest. McClellan advanced to the Chickahominy and strongly fortified his position. Johnston fronted him; and though too weak to attack at this moment, it became apparent that the first mo
ss the Chickahominy, for the purpose of feeling the Confederate lines and throwing up works that would secure the Federals that stream. The river, swelled by recent rains, rose so suddenly as to endanger Keyes' communications with his rear; and Johnston determined to attack, while he could thus strike in detail. The miscarriage of part of his planby which Huger's troops did not join the attack-and his own wound, by a piece of shell, late in the afternoon, alone prevented Johnston's utter destrJohnston's utter destruction of this Federal corps. As it was, the enemy was driven two miles back of his camp. Heavily re-enforced next day, he resisted and drove back a desperate attack about Fair Oaks. Now, for the first time, the people of Richmond began to see the realities of war. When the firing began, many ladies were at work for the soldiers in the churches. These flocked to the doors, pale and anxious, but with a steady determination in their faces, vainly looked for in many of the men. Gradually wag
the man who lost the West! But patriot soldier and true knight as he was-little resentful of the coldness of Government as he was doubtful of his own ability-Joe Johnston accepted the test cheerily and went forth to do, or die. For the Johnstons have ever borne wings on their spurs, And their motto a noble distinction conferent and made the people of those states calm and confident in his ability to protect them and theirs. General Gustavus W. Smith--the friend and comrade of General Joe Johnston-had, like him, been rewarded for his sacrifices in coming South, and his able exertions afterward, by the coldness and neglect of the Government. But likeess utility, only to send them out again-bristling with rifled cannon, fleet-winged and agile, ready to pounce upon the Federal shipping. In the Middle West, Johnston's presence had acted like oil upon the darkening waters of trouble and despair. There had been no record of fresh disaster, or fresh mismanagement; the troops w
re, every eye was turned toward Dalton, where Johnston's little army now was-every ear was strained ve had in all, far short of 80,000 men; while Johnston's greatest exertions could not collect at Dalnd to the South-west as seriously to threaten Johnston's communications; and by the 8th of June, thearmy left him to defend the great key-Atlanta-Johnston was great enough to resist the opportunities Government had not forgotten nor forgiven General Johnston; and for wholly inexplicable reasons, he n sagacity rather than brute courage. And if Johnston had inflicted less damage, his wise abstinencnd there kept their enemy at bay. And had General Johnston been allowed to reap the reward of his clpoken disgust of the people at the removal of Johnston, was in no sense referable to their objection was fearful, lest the system that had forced Johnston from Dalton and Kenesaw Mountain might be madpaign-he differs in essential points from General Johnston, and neither his theories nor their carry[5 more...]
Dalton and thence into Alabama, leaving the whole country south of Virginia entirely open, defenseless, and at Sherman's mercy. And, as usual, in moments of general distress, Mr. Davis was blamed for the move. He had, it was said, removed Joe Johnston at the very moment his patient sagacity was to bear its fruits; he had been in Hood's camp and had of course planned this campaign-a wilder and more disastrous one than the detachment of Longstreet, for Knoxville. Whosesoever may have been ton of Charleston and Savannah, and the army unable to do aught but retreat sullenly before himwith Virginia gone, and the Confederacy narrowed down to North Carolina, a strip of Alabama and the trans-Mississippi-what hope was left? After General Johnston had been relieved at Atlanta, the Department had managed, on one reason or another, to shelve him until now. The public voice was loudly raised against the injustice done the man they admired most of all the bright galaxy of the South; and e