campaign I thought advisable for the command under me — now Sherman's. General J. E. Johnston was defending Atlanta and the interior of Georgia with an army, the larf the Rapidan, confronting the Army of the Potomac; the second, under General Joseph E. Johnston,
General Johnston was relieved of the command of the Department ofGeneral Johnston was relieved of the command of the Department of Tennessee by General Bragg, July 23d, 1863, and continued in command of the Department of Mississippi and East Louisiana.
On December 27th, 1863, he assumed commandltaneous movement all along the line.
Sherman was to move from Chattanooga, Johnston's army and Atlanta being his objective points.
General George Crook, commandih the capital of the Confederacy, was the main end to which all were working.
Johnston, with Atlanta, was an important obstacle in the way of our accomplishing the r independent objective.
It was of less importance only because the capture of Johnston and his army would not produce so immediate and decisive a result in closing t