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This Day in Georgia Civil War History

July 13, 1864

Bragg Arrived in Atlanta to Assess Military Situation

Confederate chief-of-staff General Braxton Bragg arrived in Atlanta for the stated purpose of making an inspection of the Confederate forces defending the city. But in reality, Confederate President Jefferson Davis had sent Bragg to make a personal report to Davis about whether General Joseph E. Johnston should continue to command Confederate forces facing Union General William T. Sherman. Since Sherman’s forces had entered Georgia, Johnston had continued to retreat towards Atlanta after numerous flanking movements; Davis had begun to lose confidence in Johnston’s strategy and willingness to fight.