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Chapter 9: Reply to General Johnston his intention to abandon Atlanta evacuation of Richmond contemplated in 1862 attempt to Court Martial. After General Johnston's abandonment of the mountains of Georgia, his inconsistency in maintaining that Atlanta was a position too strong to be carried by assault, must indeed strike with surprise not only military men, but civilians of intelligence. From the earliest periods of history mountain fastnesses have proved, by actual test, th
But when the Confederate commander, with seventy thousand available men, surrendered the Thermopylae of the South without risking a general battle, it is hardly reasonable to suppose that he would have made a final stand upon the plains of Georgia.
According to the following extract from an official telegram, even General Sherman was in doubt as to whether or not Johnston would fight for Atlanta:
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