Portrait of Jefferson Davis

On July 18, 1864, Confederate Generals John Bell Hood, William J. Hardee, and Alex P. Stewart wrote to President Jefferson Davis (pictured here) questioning the timing of Hood’s appointment as commander of the Army of Tennessee. [Wikimedia Commons]

Text of Message to Jefferson Davis from Generals Hood, Hardee, and Stewart Regarding Hood's Appointment as Commander of Army of Tennessee

July 18, 1864

On July 18, 1864, Confederate Generals John Bell Hood, William J. Hardee, and Alex P. Stewart wrote to President Jefferson Davis questioning the timing of Hood's appointment as commander of the Army of Tennessee.

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ATLANTA, July 18, 1864.

President Jefferson Davis:

The enemy being now in our immediate front and making we suppose a general advance, we deem it dangerous to change commanders now especially as this would necessitate other important changes. A few days will probably decide the fate of Atlanta when the campaign may be expected to close for a time and make the necessary changes. For these reasons we would respectfully urge the order requiring a change in commanders be suspended until the fate of Atlanta shall be decided.

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J.B. Hood,
General

W.J. Hardee,
Lieutenant-General

Alex P. Stewart,
Lieutenant-General

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  • Article Title Text of Message to Jefferson Davis from Generals Hood, Hardee, and Stewart Regarding Hood's Appointment as Commander of Army of Tennessee
  • Coverage July 18, 1864
  • Author
  • Keywords John Bell Hood, William J. Hardee, Alex P. Stewart, Jefferson Davis, Army of Tennessee
  • Website Name American History Central
  • Access Date August 11, 2022
  • Publisher R.Squared Communications, LLC
  • Original Published Date
  • Date of Last Update April 19, 2022
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