This Week in the Civil War - #873
On Tuesday, July 12, 1864, President Jefferson Davis wrote General Robert E. Lee that Joseph Johnston “has failed and there are strong indications that he will abandon Atlanta…It seems necessary to relieve him at once. Who should succeed him? What think you of Hood for the position?” Having clearly stated his intention to replace Johnston, the following day Davis informed Lee that he had sent General Braxton Bragg to Atlanta to investigate what he believed to be Johnston’s failure to stop Sherman’s advance. Davis wrote, “It is a sad alternative, but the case seems hopeless in present hands…The means are surely adequate if properly employed, especially the cavalry is amply.” Davis’ candid words clearly condemned Joseph Johnston as the primary reason why Sherman continued to advance on Atlanta.