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In Their Own Words

July 17, 1864

Diary Entry on Change in Command

Atlanta merchant Samuel Richards recorded news of Gen. Johnston’s replacement in his diary:

“… The enemy draws nearer and nearer to our city. All of a sudden General Johnston has been relieved of the command of the army and Gen. Hood or ‘Old Pegleg,’ the soldiers style him, placed in command. So there is thought to be a prospect for a fight before Atlanta is given up, as Hood is said to be a fighting man if he has only one leg… .”

Source: Franklin M. Garrett, Atlanta and Environs: A Chronicle of Its People and Events (Athens: University of Georgia Press, 1954), p. 606.