Portrait of Joseph Johnston.

On July 18, 1864, General Joseph E. Johnston (pictured here) replied to orders from Confederate President Jefferson Davis to transfer command of the Army of Tennessee to General John Bell Hood. [Wikimedia Commons]

Message from Joseph E. Johnston Reacting to Orders to Transfer Command of the Army of Tennessee to John Bell Hood

July 18, 1864

On July 18, 1864, General Joseph E. Johnston replied to orders from Confederate President Jefferson Davis to transfer command of the Army of Tennessee to General John Bell Hood.

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NEAR ATLANTA, July 18, 1864.

General S. COOPER,
Richmond:

Your dispatch of yesterday received and obeyed. Command of the Army and Department of Tennessee has been transferred to General Hood. As to the alleged cause of my removal, I assert that Sherman’s army is much stronger compared with that of Tennessee than Grant’s compared with that of Northern Virginia. Yet the enemy has been compelled to advance much more slowly to the vicinity of Atlanta than to that of Richmond and Petersburg, and has penetrated much deeper into Virginia than into Georgia. Confident language by a military commander is not usually regarded as evidence of competency.

J. E. JOHNSTON

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  • Article Title Message from Joseph E. Johnston Reacting to Orders to Transfer Command of the Army of Tennessee to John Bell Hood
  • Coverage July 18, 1864
  • Author
  • Keywords Joseph E. Johnston, Jefferson Davis, Army of Tennessee, General John Bell Hood
  • Website Name American History Central
  • Access Date July 30, 2021
  • Publisher R.Squared Communications, LLC
  • Original Published Date
  • Date of Last Update February 11, 2021
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