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efeat, losing 4632 men to our 700.
These three sallies convinced him that his predecessor, General Johnston, had not erred in standing on the defensive.
Thereafter the Confederate army in Atlanta clung to its parapets.
I never intended to assault these, but gradually worked to the right to reach and destroy his line of supplies, because soldiers, like other mortals, must have food.
Our extension to the right brought on numerous conflicts, but nothing worthy of note, till about the end of August I resolved to leave one corps to protect our communications to the rear, and move with the other five to a point (Jonesboro‘) on the railroad twenty-six miles below Atlanta, not fortified.
This movement was perfectly strategic, was successful, and resulted in our occupation of Atlanta, on the 2d of September, 1864.
The result had a large effect on the whole country at the time, for solid and political reasons.
I claim no special merit to myself, save that I believe I followed the teaching