On July 18, 1864, General John Bell Hood sent a message to Samuel Cooper, Adjutant and Inspector-General of the Confederate Army, acknowledging his appointment as commander of the Army of Tennessee.
ATLANTA, July 18, 1864.
General S. Cooper:
I have the honor to acknowledge the receipt of my appointment as general of the Army of Tennessee. There is now heavy skirmishing and indications of a general advance. I deem it dangerous to change the commanders of this army at this particular time, and to be to the interest of the service that no change should be made until the fate of Atlanta is decided.
Respectfully, J. B. HOOD,