REPLY TO GENERAL JOHNSTON--HANDLING OF TROOPS--LEE AND
JACKSON SCHOOL versus THE JOHNSTON SCHOOL--JOHN-
STON'S PLAN TO HOLD ATLANTA "FOREVER."
GENERAL JOHNSTON makes the following arraignment:*
" GeneralHood asserts in his published report, that the Army had become demoralized when he was appointed to command it, and ascribes his invariable defeats partly to that cause. The allegation is disproved by the record of the admirable conduct of those troops on every occasion in which that General sent them to battle--and inevitable disaster. Their courage and discipline were unsubdued by the slaughter to which they were recklessly offered in the four attacks on the Federal Army near Atlanta, as they proved in the useless butchery at Franklin. He also states,†' It is a calumny to say that the Army of Tennessee was dispirited or broken down.' It had never before been in finer condition--the men in a high state of discipline and full of confidence from uniform success in their engagements with the enemy."
At the date of my transfer to the West, I, still under the influence of the teaching of Lee, Jackson, and Longstreet, could not but recognize a marked difference, after the crossing of the Chattahoochee river, between the troops of the Army of Tennessee and those of Virginia. My long experience and service with the latter, who formed, their limited numbers notwithstanding, one of the most powerful as well as renowned____________________