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But Hood signalized his accession to the command by the boldest kind of tactics, amounting even to rashness in the commander of a force so inferior to that of his adversary.
Yet Sherman continued his own cautious methods to the end. Even his last move, which resulted in the capture of Atlanta,—the only one which had even the general appearance of boldness,—was, in fact, marked by the greatest prudence throughout.
The Twentieth Corps occupied a strongly fortified bridge-head at the Chattahoochee River, and the Twenty-third Corps another equally strongly fortified pivot around which the grand wheel of the army was made.
That moving army was much larger than Hood's entire force, and had all the advantage of the initiative, which completely disconcerted the opposing commander, and caused him to commit a blunder that ought to have proved fatal, namely, that of dividing his inferior force and permitting his superior opponent to occupy a position between the widely separated wings of hi
l 4, was as follows: You I propose to move against Johnston's army to break it up, and to get into the interion the four months of almost constant fighting with Johnston's army.
In the comments I have made upon the Atlaner in which that army, then under Hood instead of Johnston, was finally broken up, by Sherman's subordinates n comparison with the total strength of his army.
Johnston displayed similar qualities in an equal degree so ing a superior force against such an antagonist as Johnston could be. regarded as wise, it surely could not agar from lacking skill as a tactician.
Both he and Johnston might well be likened to masters of the sword so sthat an end was put to that duel by the removal of Johnston, and the military world thus deprived of a completly as far from an end as it was the first of May!
Johnston would have been there in front of Sherman, all theplish the first part of Grant's plan in respect to Johnston's army,— namely, to break it up,—the second part,