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Saturday, April 16, 2016

Shocking, Confederate Command Dispatching Troops from Atlanta on the Eve of its Fall

My studies have taken me west as I've tried to find comparable regiments to the 12th Virginia Infantry in the Army of Tennessee.  Last night I discovered that on August 25, 1864, the Army of Tennessee sent a brigade of infantry from Atlanta to Mobile, Alabama, arriving a few days later.  This suggests that contrary to the opinion of Castel, the historian of the Atlanta Campaign, General Hood, the commander of the Army of Tennessee, failed entirely to apprehend that Sherman had not abandoned the siege but was headed for Atlanta's last rail link with the rest of the Confederacy.  Atlanta fell September 1, 1864.  No wonder Atlanta fell.  The Confederacy's leadership had lost touch with reality.