Advance and Retreat: Personal Experiences in the United States and Confederate States Armies

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CHAPTER XIII.
ATLANTA UNTENABLE--LOSSES DURING THE SIEGE COMPARED
WITH THOSE OF SHERMAN, AND WITH THOSE OF JOHNSTON
FROM DALTON TO ATLANTA.

HAVING stated that our position at Atlanta was untenable, I shall now undertake to give proof of the correctness of my opinion, by demonstrating in what manner Sherman might have captured the city in less than one-third of the time he actually devoted to that end, notwithstanding the idle assertion of General Johnston that he could have held Atlanta "forever"; also to demonstrate that had I ventured to remain longer than fifteen days within the trenches around the city, Sherman could have finally forced me to surrender, or have put my Army to rout in its attempt to escape; and, lastly, that he could have attained his object with one-fourth the loss he sustained during a siege of forty-six days, provided he had availed himself of the natural advantages afforded him.

In order to render these operations clear to the mind of the reader, I invite his attention to a map, page 167.

The Federal commander chose well his crossing of the Chattahoochee, as he approached Atlanta, and the move of McPherson and Schofield upon the Augusta road was ably conceived and executed. Thomas, however, should not have formed line of battle along the lower part of Peach Tree creek

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